January 15, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Portland Trailblazers guard Wesley Matthews (2) drives past Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala (9) during the second half at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 115-111 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Wesley Matthews Undergoes Successful Procedure

Wesley Matthews had a procedure to fix up his left elbow today. The arthroscopic debridement (removal of damaged tissue) was a complete success and Matthews’ timetable for recovery is 3-4 weeks. For the most part, it is considered to be a minor surgery and the issue was unrelated to the ankle injury that shortened his 2012-2013 season.

Over the course of his 4 year NBA career, Matthews has missed only 13 games, all of them coming this season. Neither he nor Russell Westbrook had missed a single game until this year and had been following the Herculean footsteps of A.C. Green, who played 1,192 consecutive games (more than 14 seasons). Although the impossible dream ended months ago, this off-season procedure is good upkeep for Matthews. Sometimes you just need to clean up to keep going.

After the procedure, Matthews shared a post-op picture via instagram to let everyone know that it had gone well and that he was a-okay. Although he is ‘out of the woods,’ I’m not quite ready to celebrate. Other players to require previous debridement procedures include the Blazer great, Brandon Roy, and the ghost of Amar’e Stoudemire. That isn’t the most reassuring company. Regardless, Wes is considered to be in good health, so don’t let my anxiousness put a damper on something that is decidedly good.


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