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By David Keene
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Topic - Wesley Matthews
Leaving the Trail Blazers' locker room following the regular-season finale, Wesley Matthews was wished well in the playoffs.
After starting off as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers wilted a bit after the All-Star break.
LaMarcus Aldridge said an overtime thriller over Golden State was good preparation for the looming postseason.
Portland's Damian Lillard just needed to make one shot to get going.
Given an opportunity to clinch a postseason berth, the Trail Blazers made the most if it.
The Trail Blazers who got off to such a strong start this season re-emerged against Washington Wizards.
The Wizards (35-33) have lost two straight to open four-game swing against the Western Conference while they vie for a playoff spot in the East to end a five-year absence. Washington currently sits sixth in their conference.
Wesley Matthews didn't know whether to be frustrated or relieved over the Trail Blazers' overtime victory over Milwaukee.
Coach Kevin McHale said it first and then player after player echoed his sentiment: Early in the season Houston wouldn't have won the type of game they did Sunday night.
Wesley Matthews had a simple goal going into the Blazers' game against the Hawks: Don't let Kyle Korver get the ball.
Just when it appeared Portland was cruising to a victory that would avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan put a scare into the Trail Blazers.
Sure, LaMarcus Aldridge was bummed he wasn't named an All-Star starter. But he wasn't nearly as upset as his teammates.
LaMarcus Aldridge's 44-point outburst against the Denver Nuggets came the same day the All-Star starters were announced.
The Portland Trail Blazers braced themselves for a late onslaught from Kevin Durant. They still failed to stop him.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 24 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off San Antonio's furious rally to beat the Spurs 109-100 on Friday night.
"We are confident," Blazers guard Wesley Matthews said. "Someone has to make history at some time. Might as well be us."
"One through eight," Portland's Wesley Matthews said, asked about the magic seen so far in these NBA playoffs, "you never know what's going to happen."