NBA Rumor: Wesley Matthews Injury

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Budenholzer said there was no specific timetable for Giannis’ return, but don’t read too much into that — he could play Tuesday against the Wizards. “Very very fortunate the league has thought through everything,” Budenholzer said. “He obviously needed some attention and was able to get it.” Also, Wesley Matthews was injured about two minutes into the game. The Bucks never said what happened, and then afterward Budenholzer had this gem: “I think the way it was described to me is maybe just some awareness in his quad, groin area.” He definitely did not say soreness. He said awareness. I’ve literally never heard anything like it.

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.”

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.’’

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.”
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