Matthews with Blazers two days after surgery

Matthews with Blazers two days after surgery

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by Joe Becker

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Posted on May 31, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Updated Friday, May 31 at 10:30 PM

PORTLAND -- Blazers guard Wesley Matthews showed up at the team’s practice facility in Tualatin just two days after having surgery on his left elbow.

“I had no idea,” Matthews said about the fact he was having the surgery. “I didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t know what to look at, but I’m glad that it’s over and it’s done with and hopefully it’s something that won’t come back and I’m looking forward to getting back on this court.”

The Blazers were having their second pre-draft workout featuring four more college players and Matthews was there to check things out.

The 26-year old Matthews underwent surgery on Wednesday at Washington University Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Well, you guys know I play through pain,” Matthews told reporters at the practice facility. “That’s basically what I did since all-star break and felt it throughout the rest of the season. They told me to take a month off. I took a month off. I got back to working out and I still felt it. So we took more procedures and went to find a specialist and a couple days later, I’m cut open.”

Dr. Ken Yamaguchi performed a successful arthroscopic debridement on Matthews elbow and recovery time is expected to be three to four weeks.

“They just basically cleaned out a lot of stuff,” says Matthews. “It still hurts.”

Matthews is a four-year NBA veteran with the last three in Portland. He averaged close to 15 points in 69 games. He also had a career high 169 three pointers last season, which ranks fourth on the Blazers all-time list for threes in a season.

Wesley says he started feeling pain in his elbow during the Orlando, Miami, New Orleans road trip, right before the All-Star break.

Matthews says he was shocked to have the surgery since he was able to play with the injured elbow. He says he doesn’t expect to have any problems recovering and says the surgeon didn’t either.

“I’ll go back and see him in two weeks,” says Matthews. “Hopefully get the stitches out, get back shooting and then another couple weeks from there be cleared to be contact.”

Seeing the NBA hopefuls working out for the Blazers brought back memories for Wesley, who went through the same thing right out of college at Marquette.

“Portland was my first workout that I had,” Matthews said. “I was killing it too.”

Wesley wasn’t drafted, but signed with the Utah jazz in 2009. The Blazers signed him a year later to an offer sheet and Utah didn’t match. Matthews plans to come back for more pre-draft workouts too; however, he has own work to do.

“I’ll be out here rehabbing. I’ll be in the Gym,” he said. 

That’s good news for all Blazers fans.

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