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Blazers' Brandon Roy out longer than expected

Posted on: December 21, 2010 9:48 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:45 pm
Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy will miss another week due to knee pain. Posted by Ben Golliverbrandon-roy

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 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.

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:14 am

Blazers' Brandon Roy out longer than expected

Have faith.  Hey, you never know, it could be something simple like injecting collagen or some artificial substance like polyvinyl alcohol-hydrogel between the bones that will allow him to play as he'd want.  I have yet to read of a solution in the press- it is a better story to talk about his decline.  Perhaps he will have the first artificial miniscus in the NBA.  Forget about the money- I'd rather have a stand-up citizen as solid back-up than destroy this team. 

Think of those other huge contracts out there given to players who were a tad immature (Ed Curry?).  Heck, as Roy is, it is just like having another Andre Miller.  Never before have I seen two such players, who both remind me of Magic when he had bad knees- class acts who only move quickly when they have to do so.  They will adjust because the team is all about character. What this team needs now is a dependable bench player that other teams will respect so that we stop losing in the 4<sup>th</sup> quarter.  If that has to be Roy until the play-offs, so be it.

Since: Dec 21, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:55 pm

Blazers' Brandon Roy out longer than expected

I have followed the blazers since 1975 and I cannot remember the last time that this team was in such a mess...I guess maybe the Jailblazer years??!!!.........Let me make one thing clear the Blazers need to blow this puppy up and start over from stratch. Its the most logical thing to do.......1).Most free agents dont want to come here it does not matter how much money P.Allen has. He can only get over the hill (J.Howard)players. 2) They need to put everyone and everything up for sale here and just dump salaries and players.......we dont need 4-5 years of five hundred basketball and losing out on good draft picks. Sorry B-Roy if that means we have to keep you though the term of your contract as a 10 min sub so be it. 3) The Blazers need to get rid of President Larry Miller, he is a ex NIKE hasben who does the wrong things and says the wrong things all the time. Its time to put up or shut up......I as well as many other season ticket holders will NOT let you take us hostage again..............WE WILL NOT BUY TICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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