What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Mavericks
Wesley Matthews vs. Monta Ellis
Wesley Matthews has reason to be motivated for Saturday night's game against the Mavericks in Dallas. Though to be fair, Matthews is always motivated, whether he's playing on national TV or shooting hoops in the driveway. That's just how he's wired.
But there might be added motivation when playing against Monta Ellis, who handed the Trail Blazers just their fourth loss of the season at the time when hit a buzzer-beater at the Moda Center back on Dec. 7. Matthews, who was responsible for guarding Ellis on the play, got screened just enough to allow for the open look from 21 feet that won the game. And while it wasn't necessarily Matthews' fault, he surely placed a lot of blame on himself for the loss. Again, that's just the way his mind works.
It's a safe bet that that play will be fresh in Matthews' mind when he lines up to guard Ellis Saturday night.
• Ranks eighth in the league in adjusted field goal percentage at 60 percent
• Tied for fourth in three-pointers made this season with 105 and is 11th in three-point percentage at 43 percent
• Went six of seven overall and three of three from the three-point line in the fourth quarter of Portland's 109-100 victory versus the Spurs in San Antonio on Jan. 18
• Ranks eighth in the NBA in field goal attempts with 664 and is 11th in field goals made with 305
• Is 11th in free throw attempts with 229 while shooting 81 percent from the line
• Leads the NBA in total drives, which the league describes as "any tough that starts at least 20 feet from the hoop and is dribbled at least 10 feet from the hoop," with 423. His 52 percent field goal percentage on drives is 12th best in the league (minimum five drives per game and at least 15 games played)