New York – Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews is listed as probable tonight against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The four-year guard went through a full team practice yesterday at Long Island University in Brooklyn and participated in shootaround today. Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts said Matthews' movement looked good with no sign of limitation.
Matthews says the plan is to go through pre-game warmups before deciding on whether to play or not, but all signs point to him being inserted into the starting lineup tonight.
"I'm going to get me another workout in before the game to see what it's feeling like before making a decision," Matthews said. "It'll be a game-time decision. I'm optimistic I'll be able to play tonight, but we'll see."
Matthews has sat out the last four games to rest a strained left hip flexor he sustained in a 99-80 defeat at the hands of the Sacramento Kings at the Rose Garden on Dec. 8.
His 250 consecutive games played streak was broken due to the injury the following game on Dec. 10 in a 92-74 win over the Toronto Raptors. At that time, his streak was second to only Oklahoma City Thunder's point guard Russell Westbrook.
Rookie forward Victor Claver has been starting in Matthews' place.
In 23 games this season, Matthews is averaging 15.0 points per game, 1.6 steals and shooting 39 percent from three-point range.
News and Notes...
Yahoo! Sports reports Amar'e Stoudemire (knee) will make his season debut tonight against the Trail Blazers...Knicks' Raymond Felton, Marcus Camby, and Kurt Thomas all played for the Trail Blazers last year.