During Sunday’s 10th Annual Festival De Los Mavs at Gilley’s, Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews said he has been cleared to resume regular basketball activities without any restrictions. Matthews recently had an MRI after sustaining a fracture to his right proximal fibula during the Mavs’ 114-80 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Mar. 10. Asked if he can do whatever he wants in regards to basketball, Matthews said: “Yes I can. Which is a dangerous thing. Now I’m going to go try and find a pickup game.”
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Dwain Price: “It’s probably going to be the end of the season before he would be ready to play, so he’s likely done for the year. I talked to him last night. He’s in good spirits.” — Carlisle on Wesley Matthews
Dwain Price: Carlisle on Wesley Matthews: “Our doctors said, ‘Hey, we should make 100 percent sure, take an X-ray,’ and the X-ray revealed a very small shadow and then they confirmed it yesterday on an MRI.”
Dwain Price: Rick Carlisle on Wesley Matthews: “He’s not even in a brace or a cast or anything. It’s just something where he can’t play As fractures go, it’s a pretty minor one. But it’s a fracture on your leg, so you can’t play.”
Dwain Price: Dirk on Wesley Matthews: “We feel bad for him, we think about him. But like I said, he’s a warrior. He’ll be back next season for sure.”
Shams Charania: Sources: Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews has suffered a stress fracture in his right leg and will likely miss remainder of the season. Matthews underwent further testing today and will rest and rehab the injury.
Dwain Price: Rick Carlisle said guard Wesley Matthews (right leg injury) will not be going on the upcoming 4-game road trip to the Knicks, Raptors, Nets and Pelicans. Matthews said he’ll have an MRI tomorrow.
Dwain Price: Wesley Matthews, who has missed the last two ganes with a left leg injury, is expected to play tomorrow against the Grizzlies, according to Carlisle.
Earl K. Sneed: Both Wesley Matthews (right calf tightness) and Nerlens Noel (left thumb) are active after entering the day questionable. #DALatSAS.
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, Wesley Matthews (left foot soreness) is available to play tonight for the @Dallas Mavericks in Minnesota. #DALatMIN
Matthews suffered a right strained calf in the first half of Monday’s 100-78 loss at Air Canada Centre to the Toronto Raptors and did not play any more. After the game, when approached by a media member to discuss the injury, a terse Matthews said: “Unless you want to talk about the game, I don’t have any answers.’’
Coach Rick Carlisle didn’t sound like Matthews’ injury was anything alarming. But he also didn’t wave any pompoms, and didn’t know if the eight-year veteran will be ready to play in Wednesday’s game in Washington, DC, against the Washington Wizards. “I believe it’s a mild strain,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “I didn’t want to risk it bringing him back. We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow and then on Wednesday. I think he’ll be listed day-to-day, but we’ll see.’’
Eddie Sefko: Wesley Matthews (right calf strain) will not return. That’s actually good news that it’s not same Achilles he tore two years ago.
Earl K. Sneed: Wesley Matthews says he will play tonight vs. OKC after missing two games with a hip injury. #DALvsOKC
The Mavs are hopeful guard Wesley Matthews (hip) will be able to play Sunday’s against Oklahoma City. He has missed the past two games.
Mark Followill: Wesley Matthews is getting diagnostic testing done in Dallas today on his injured hip. Rick Carlisle says they don’t believe it’s serious
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Wesley Matthews is OUT tonight and Thursday night with a right hip strain. Andrew Bogut will play. #DALvsNYK
Matthews’ timetable is more nebulous. Matthews tore his Achilles with the Trail Blazers last March and has been recovering ever since. Even though he told Mavs Moneyball he would be ready for the season opener, it’s been unlikely that he would make that initial game, given the nature of his injury. We spoke with a doctor who treats Achilles in July who explained what exactly Matthews is going through. “Wes is going to take a little longer,” Carlisle said. “He’s not going to want to tell you that and we’re going to have to fight to keep him off the court, but we’ve got to make sure we do this the right way and that he’s really 100 percent healthy before getting in.”
As for a timeline? Say, Christmas? “I’d say there’s a possibility — I’d say it’s a definite maybe,” Carlisle said, drawing a few laughs. “It could be sooner. It’s hard to say. He was cleared for an increase in activity a week ago. His court activity has been ramped up some. He will participate in certain aspects of training camp but nothing live to start off.”
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June 19, 2018 | 1:03 pm EDT Update
Jake Fischer: As Jeremy alludes to, the Sixers are indeed continuing calls about moving into the Top 5. They have offered packages of picks, but have thus far rebuked including oft-mentioned Robert Covington and Dario Saric, per sources.
Luka Doncic is a favorite for this year’s NBA draft and through NBA TV, he gave the fans a taste of his life in Madrid. “We played against the Boston Celtics and next year against Oklahoma City Thunder. I was just 16. It was an amazing experience playing against the best players in the world”, 19-year-old Doncic reflects on Real Madrid‘s games against the two teams.
While in therapy, Robinson questioned himself and God. He wondered if he should have pursued football instead. He opened up about struggles few knew about, like the time, he said, Brown allegedly referred to him daily as “the little shit.” On another occasion, Robinson came into Brown’s office, crying, telling his coach to stop demeaning him. Ten minutes later, in front of the team, Brown called Robinson “the little shit” again and shared that he had cried. (When asked about the nature of these interactions, Brown said: “I don’t have any recollection. I don’t, I don’t know … I don’t know what I called him, to be honest with you. If I did that, shame on me. I would feel terrible about that. That’s not who I am, but I don’t want to dispute Nate.”
Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, claiming unlawful arrest and excessive force when officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation. Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court.
June 19, 2018 | 11:15 am EDT Update
Nick DePaula: Potential top 10 NBA Draft pick Lonnie Walker IV has agreed to a multi-year footwear & apparel endorsement deal with Adidas. ESPN’s @DraftExpress says the 6’5” high flyer “has as high of an upside as any guard in the 2018 Draft.”