Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews ruptured his Achilles tendon on Thursday night and will miss the rest of the season. Matthews was understandably devastated by the injury and posted an emotional message on his Instagram account.
I would be lying if I did not admit to having tears fall down my face this morning because I was hoping to just be waking up from a bad dream. I’m sorry this response took this long but none of it felt real, and to be honest, it still doesn’t. My season is over and my will, my heart, my faith and my strength will now be tested, which is a challenge I welcome. Though my season is over, #ripcity’s season is far from over! And I will be there ‘till the end! As I read through all the messages via text and Twitter, I was in awe. I was in shock and disbelief not only because of the injury, but because I never could have imagined how many people could be genuinely hurt, sad and upset for me. To my coaches- thank you; to my brothers and teammates- thank you; to my fans and #ripcity- thank you; to my family and friends- thank you! Like most of my life, a challenge has been placed in front of me—a challenge that will be nothing but another chapter in my story. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE, SUPPOR T & PRAYERS. See you on the court next season. #arrowlife out. -Ironman
Matthews was injured early in the third quarter as he tried to accelerate with the ball. His foot bent at an unnatural angle and he crumbled to the ground.
Bruce Ely, a photographer for The Oregonian, snapped a picture of Matthews in a wheelchair inside the arena.
Matthews played in 250 consecutive games to start his career, earning him the nickname "Iron Man."
- Dan Gartland