The Trail Blazers took a major blow when Wesley Matthews suffered a season-ending injury.
Arron Afflalo slid into the starting lineup, a downgrade but not necessarily a huge one. The bigger issue: Portland’s reserves became considerably weaker without Afflalo.
The Trail Blazers are just 7-6 without Matthews, though they’ve won four straight.
But just as they might be figuring things out, Dorell Wright gets hurt.
Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright fractured the fourth metacarpal in his left hand in Wednesday night’s 126-122 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Trail Blazers announced.
X-Rays confirmed the fracture and the timetable for Wright’s return remains indefinite.
Healing time on this type of injury is anywhere from 4-6 weeks, but other measures can allow for increased mobilization, which is why there has not been a determined timetable for Wright’s return from injury.
Pain from this type of injury is generally very mild, according to these same medical journals, and does not require heavy medication outside of ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Jabari Young of CSN Northwest:
This is the LaMarcus Aldridge effect.
Portland had a chance to win a title with Matthews, and the team could still make major noise in the playoffs if everything breaks right. These players are committed to maximizing the chances of that happening.
If Wright misses time, expect Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe to play more. C.J. McCollum could also see more time in three-guard lineups.
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