Blazers’ Matthews Has Irregular Heartbeat
Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews met with reporters Friday to discuss an irregular heartbeat that he suffered during practice on Wednesday practice that kept him from making the trip for Thursday’s preseason win over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland.
Matthews underwent an electrical procedure to address the irregularity on Wednesday. He received clearance to return to practice on Friday, which he did, and he said that he will play in the Blazers’ regular season opener against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 30.
Q: Are you OK?
A: Anything with your heart, of course it’s going to scare you. My health has been great. It still is, it’s still fine. No concerns. I’m good.
Q: How did it happen?
A: I don’t know. I can’t tell you. It’s probably a combination of things, stress, fatigue, you know I don’t sleep. I talked to [Blazers GM] Neil [Olshey] and [trainer] Geoff [Clark] and we’re putting something together with that. I was just practicing, felt fine, felt great. We were shooting free throws and I felt my heart racing, like it was trying to jump out of my chest. I kept playing for a little bit and then I pulled myself out. It was a whirlwind of events after that.