Wesley Matthews will “likely” miss the rest of the season, according to Yahoo!’s Shams Charania. Matthews sustained a stress fracture in his right fibula.
Monday, Matthews underwent an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. Initially it was thought that he was dealing with an injury to his right knee that caused it to swell up. Matthews was a late scratch from Sunday night’s game against the Houston Rockets because of the swelling.
“It was pretty painful,” Matthews told reporters after the game. “There was a little swelling in it. I was ready to go. But a couple of other opinions came in and we decided to get it looked at. We’ll see what the MRI shows.”
This season, Matthews appeared in 63 of the Mavericks’ 67 games to date. However, he sat out three of the last four games due to the injury.
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This will be the second time in four seasons that Matthews has missed a considerable amount of time at the end of a season.
In 2014-15, he suffered a torn Achilles in early March against the Mavericks. After playing the first 60 games, he missed the remainder of the season.
That didn’t keep the Mavericks from signing Matthews to a four-year, $70 million free-agent deal that summer.
In this, his third season with the team, he was shooting 38.1 percent from 3-point range, easily the best of his Maverick tenure. He was scoring at 12.7 points per game and he was once again playing the kind of tenacious defense that makes him one of the best “3 and D” players in the league.
The long-term prognosis for Matthews still is good. He should be 100 percent healed in plenty of time for training camp next season, but sitting out the final 15 games will go completely against his grain.
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