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Blazers G Wesley Matthews "Showed Off Skills" During Connecticut Exhibition

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On Friday, we noted that Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews and Nolan Smith were competing in a Bridgeport, CT. exhibition game. Matthews' team defeated Smith's team, 171-169. Here's some media coverage of the event, which was reportedly sparsely-attended.

Kevin Duffy of the Stamford Advocate reports...

But on Friday, [Ryan] Gomes and a group of locked-out NBA players -- accustomed to playing in jam-packed NBA arenas (OK, maybe not Gomes; he plays for the Clippers) -- jogged onto the floor and launched 3-pointers in front of a crowd of 1,630 at the I-95 ProJam: Battle in Bridgeport. The game, which sent some money to charity, is the closest thing to real competition these NBA players have had.

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The ProJam, advertised as a "CT" versus "DC" game, didn't quite have the energy of the Fairfield-Providence matchup earlier this week. The sparse crowd was quiet throughout the night, and perhaps a little disappointed that some of the headliners -- including Washington Wizards point guard John Wall -- did not show up.

"John Wall's not coming?" asked Ted Bobroske, a fan who brought his family. "That's the only reason we came."

Rodger Bohn of Slam Online reports...

Wesley Matthews, 6-5, SG, Portland Trail Blazers, 35 points: Very much like Sam Young, Matthews showed off that he's got a lot more skill and flash to his game than people give him credit for. Portland's $34 million man was automatic from beyond the 3-point arc and showed off some of the ball handling skills that he displayed early in his career at Marquette. It was refreshing to see the media and fans truly appreciate the high skill level that Wes brings to the court night in and night out.    

Shawn Courchesne of the Hartford Courant reports...

Asked what the biggest problem is with the lockout, Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews said "That we're not playing."

"Of course we feel for our fans," said Matthews, who had 35 points Friday for the CT team. "We want to be playing basketball and they want to be watching basketball. It's unfortunate for everyone. We just want to be playing basketball. That's really all I'll say about the lockout."

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter