W. Matthews: ‘We’re Taking This For Granted’
By the time the dust settled, (Wesley) Matthews had called out the Blazers’ pride, heart, defense, toughness, professionalism, manhood and work ethic, vowing to address the team during Saturday’s practice in the same manner as he addressed the media on Friday night.
“The fans are sick of it, we’re sick of it,” Matthews told Blazersedge. “We’ve got to give them something to cheer about. Losing seven straight isn’t it. We’re playing a little bit harder, but not up to our standards, not what we’re capable of. It doesn’t matter that we’re mathematically out [of the playoffs], this is the best job in the damn world. We’ve got to treat it as such. We’ve got to be men. We’ve got to play, we’ve got to come to work, until this is over with. We’re not doing that.”
He was just getting started, this was rolling fury.
“We need to play with some pride, man, we need to play with some pride,” he continued. “I’m trying not to cuss right now. We have to play with some damn heart, this is crazy, this is ridiculous. … We’ve got to play like this is the blessing that it is. We’re over here taking this for granted. We need to check our hearts at the door. We’ve got six games left. We lost seven [straight], come on, man, we’re better than that. We’ve got to play with some damn heart.”