Shooting guard Wesley Matthews won’t be taking to the court this postseason for the Portland Trail Blazers.
While running with the ball last Thursday night against the Dallas Mavericks, Matthews fell to the court. An MRI confirmed that he had ruptured his Achilles tendon.
The Achilles tendon is a cord that connects your heel bone to the muscles in the back of your calf. When rupturing the tendon, you might feel a pop or snap, followed by sharp pain in your ankle.
According to the Mayo Clinic, surgery is often necessary to repair a torn Achilles tendon. Matthews said he will have to have surgery, but he's not yet sure when, reports the Associated Press. Regardless of when the surgery is, officials said the injury will end the season for Matthews.
Matthews averaged 15.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game this season. The team will likely miss Matthews' perimeter shooting and experience come playoff time.