The Portland Trail Blazers could be without both Wesley Matthews and Ronnie Price once again, as both guards missed the team’s last tilt against the Utah Jazz. Both players are dealing with right ankle ailments, and Matthews has been seen wearing a walking boot and crutches. He actually tried to play a couple of days ago against the Jazz, but even the tough-as-nails swingman was unable to play in that one.
As for Ronnie Price, he is listed as day-to-day with a sprained ankle. Portland Trail Blazers beat writer Joe Freeman of The Oregonian wrote that both players are listed questionable by the Blazers, and another guard in Sasha Vujacic is listed questionable with a foot ailment.
The only player on the team ruled out is guard Elliott Williams.
The Blazers are dealing with their fair share of injuries, but their opponents today, the Minnesota Timberwolves, will be defending their homecourt without key players in Kevin Love, Chase Budinger, Malcolm Lee, and a guard Blazers fans are very familiar with in Brandon Roy.
Although the injury to Price is not an impact injury and he wouldn’t be as much of a factor if he did play (you can say the same for Vujacic), losing Matthews for another game would certainly be a significant blow for Portland.
One of the team’s star players, Matthews averages 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, and 1.5 steals per game as one of the league’s most versatile and best all-around players.
Hopefully he will be able to play, but the Blazers will have to monitor him closely and make sure he doesn’t try to play if the injury is too severe. As most Blazers fans know, Matthews is a warrior and will always try to tough it out.
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