Posted January 29, 2012 on AP on Fox
Wesley Matthews' arrival in Portland last season helped the Trail Blazers turn around their fortunes against the Utah Jazz. Matthews tormented his former team in 2010-11, and he'll hope to do the same as these Northwest Division rivals meet for the first time this season Monday night in Salt Lake City. As an undrafted rookie two seasons ago, Matthews developed into a starter in helping Utah (11-7) capture a share of the division title and reach the Western Conference semifinals. The Jazz won all four matchups with Portland (12-8) that season, but the Trail Blazers signed Matthews - a restricted free agent - to a five-year deal worth $34 million afterward. Matthews averaged 19.5 points against the Jazz last season for his second-highest career figure against any opponent. His play was a big reason Portland took three of four matchups. He's off to a bit of a slow start this season with a 13.6 scoring average, but he was one of four Portland players to reach double figures Friday ...
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