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Wesley Mathews thinks LaMarcus Aldridge is too unselfish, but is a big fan

Dec 21, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

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Wesley Matthews is having a career year — he is scoring a career high 16.2 points a game, he is shooting 44.2 percent from three (39.8 percent last season had been a career high) and he is shooting a lot better inside the arc as well, with a true shooting percentage of 64.5 percent (career best 57.4 before).

When asked about all that on the Amani & Eytan show on NBC Sports Radio Friday night Matthews deflected a lot of that to the work of his teammates — “They have the hard job, I just have to shoot the ball.”

He also heaped praise on LaMarcus Aldridge, the guy who is the fulcrum of the Blazers’ league-best offense. Aldridge as the four can score on the block or knock down the 20-footer —he bends the shape of the opposing defense.

If anything, Matthews wants Aldridge to be a little more selfish with the rock.

“In my opinion, LaMarcus is the best power forward in the NBA. I think that we’re winning now, it’s evident…

“He just wants to win, he’s an extremely unselfish. There was a time, forgot what game it was, I think he had 16 straight points or something like that, he was just balling and not missing a shot. We passed him the ball — and he had 38 so we want him to go ahead and get his 40 — and my guy was in the corner and he kind of stunted a little bit and what I yelled was like ‘ya LA, shoot the ball” and he passed it to me because he thought it was the right play. He was open and I was open but he should have shot it. I was mad because I had to shoot it and I missed it, it was messing my percentage up and I wasn’t even supposed to be shooting it (laughs).”

Matthews mostly focused on the team and the fit this season — Portland’s offense is putting up a league best 110.4 points per 100 possessions because of its versatility. Aldridge, Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Damian Lillard and the rest can beat you a variety of ways, which allows them to attack a defense’s weaknesses.

“I think this is the exact kind of team Coach (Terry) Stotts wants. We got an MVP on the block with (Aldridge), we got guys that can fill it up on any given night, shooters all across the court, and we’re just playin’. Like I said we’re playing off each other and we’re at our best when we don’t call a set — if we can get a defensive stop and run that’s when we are at our best.”

There are those of us who may question if the Trail Blazers can sustain this pace, but the fact is they are beating the schedule in front of them. They are making the big plays to win close games, they are winning on the road, they are doing everything asked of them.

Matthews is a big part of that. He should be a little more selfish about it, too.

  1. innovativethinking87 - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Kurt can’t wait till this team falls off lol

  2. bowmanj35 - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    hey look I’m a blazers fan but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Aldridge is good but not MVP. not even close. well maybe sorta close. but Portland has 2 big problems between them and a title. first they have no inside presence and you cant win a title jump shooting. second when you don’t have a top 10 defense you’re gonna give up more than you score in a tight playoff game.

  3. antistratfordian - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Be careful about what you wish for, young Matthews. You may end up playing with a star who scores 38 but wants 58 and you never see the ball.

  4. blazermaniac22 - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Anti— Lamarcus Aldridge is not Carmelo Anthony.. That comment has no basis.. LTrain is just really good and the toughest matchup at the 4 position in the NBA

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