Wesley Matthews Misses Second Straight Practice With Irregular Heartbeat

AP Photo/Don Ryan

AP Photo/Don Ryan

Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews missed practice for the second straight morning on Thursday in Tualatin.

“I had that heart thing go on again yesterday. I noticed it probably two thirds of the way through practice. I felt it go irregular,” said Matthews on Thursday. ¬†“I talked Dr. Jeff, sat out a little bit ran some tests. Went in today to do the shock that I did last year and I felt it last night I felt it go back to normal. It stayed, it corrected itself. It stayed normal through this morning. I was in there early this morning and all the scans and test, I was a lab rat again. Everything’s cool. Ease back into it. I’m optimistic, excited to get back out there.”

Matthews had a similar issue last training camp with his heart.¬†Although he promises to come back soon and even as soon as tomorrow, Terry Stotts is taking a “wait-and-see” approach.

“We were hoping that it wasn’t too much and that’s what it turned out to be. That might be a little optimistic but basically that’s the Doctor’s decision,” Stotts said on whether Matthews would practice Friday.

“I’m involved, stay engaged with the team. Similar to what I did last year. It’s almost like a good sign, I had a career year last year. It’s like it’s supposed to happen,” Matthews said.

Matthews also says that he and his doctor’s aren’t sure why the irregular heartbeat returned but reiterated that it is “nothing threatening.”

Wes was encouraged that the issue corrected itself and did not require the electrical corrective procedure he did last training camp.


Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on ESPN.com's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.

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