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Wesley Matthews Drops "Bow & Arrow" Celebration for First Return To Portland

Wesley Matthews will acknowledge Portland Trail Blazers fans by leaving his arrows in their quiver as he plays his first game against Portland as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

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As reported by beat writer Earl K. Sneed, former Portland Trail Blazer Wesley Matthews will lay down his bow and arrow during tonight’s first return to the Moda Center as a Maverick – out of respect to the Portland faithful.

The unique 3-point celebration was created and made famous by the shooting guard and Portland fan favorite during the 2014-15 season. His success from long range led to him being selected in the Three-Point Contest at the 2015 All-Star Weekend.

During his five seasons in Portland, Matthews averaged 39.4 per cent from the 3-point line.

He signed a max four-year $70 million contract with the Mavericks in July this year – just four months after rupturing his left Achilles Tendon in a game against Dallas.

Since suffering the injury, Matthews has worked tirelessly to be ready for the start of the 2015-16 season, which many considered to be ahead of schedule.