Dallas Mavericks swingman Wesley Matthews tore his Achilles back in March as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, and while Matthews has been adamant that he’d be ready to go this season, it was somewhat hard to believe given the nature of the injury. However, it appears Matthews will make good on his promise, as he told the media Friday that he’ll be playing in the Mavericks’ preseason finale against the Chicago Bulls.
This is quite the speedy recovery considering the injury, and the hope is he’s not rushing back. But it’s hard to imagine Dallas would let its $70 million offseason investment rush back from such a serious injury, so he must be ready to roll. It’ll still likely be a bit before he returns to form, but just the fact that he’ll be back out now there is a plus.
Deron Williams is also set to play Friday after it looked like he’d miss the rest of the preseason with a strained calf.
For the Bulls, Derrick Rose will indeed be in the lineup as he continues to recover from surgery on his face. Rose has been having issues with double vision during his recovery, but he’s going to play two brief stints in the game. If all goes well, he’ll play in the Bulls’ season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers next Tuesday.