Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy will miss another week due to knee pain. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Last week, we noted that Portland Trail Blazers all star guard Brandon Roy would miss three games with ongoing soreness in his left knee, pain that has limited him significantly so far this season.
On Tuesday, Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller announced on a Blazers.com streaming video program that Roy's absence will be longer than expected, as he will not travel on Portland's upcoming road trip.
Later in the program, Blazers GM Rich Cho echoed the news, saying, ""We have to be patient. Brandon is going to take another week off, he's not going to go on this road trip to Golden State, Utah and Denver. We have to be patient."
Portland is off this week, but plays three games in four nights on the road beginning with a Christmas Day date with the Warriors in Golden State. The Blazers then have a back-to-back against Northwest Division rivals, facing the Jazz in Utah on Monday and the Nuggets in Denver on Tuesday.
Roy's production is down across the board this year, as he is averaging 16.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, below his career averages of 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists.
The Blazers will continue to start guard Wesley Matthews in Roy's place and will hope that reserve guard Rudy Fernandez continues to provide solid production off the bench as well. Matthews and Fernandez have blossomed a bit in Roy's absence, but both still need to prove they can bring the consistency that Roy was known for during the first four seasons of his career.
The Blazers surely miss Roy, but managed to sweep the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks in his absence this week. On the year, the Blazers are currently 5-1 on the season when Roy doesn't play, fueling speculation that his role may be diminished when he does return.
As of now, though, the Blazers have not yet firmed up a return date for Roy. The Blazers next play at home on Dec. 30 against the Jazz.