Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews severely rolled his right ankle during the second quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Nuggets in Denver.
With the Blazers leading the Nuggets, 44-41 with roughly two minutes left in the second quarter, Matthews attempted to drive to his left against Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo. As he attempted to plant his right foot for a step-back three-point attempt, his ankle gave way, rolling over severely. Matthews fell directly to the court and lay on his chest in pain. The Blazers were forced to call a timeout and Matthews was carried to the locker room by Blazers staff.
The injury came after a big first half for Matthews, who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and three steals in 17 first-half minutes.
Here's a look at the video.
Update: Wesley Matthews took the court to start the second half for the Blazers. The Blazers confirm that Matthews suffered only a "right ankle sprain."
Less than one minute after re-entering the game, Matthews went down with an apparent knee injury after banging knees with Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony.
Incredibly, Matthews re-entered the game to start the fourth quarter.
Matthews, a second-year guard out of Marquette, is averaging 16.2 points and 1.9 assists per game this season. On Tuesday, it was announced that Matthews was selected to play in the rookie/sophomore game.
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