Earlier today, we discussed what life would be like for Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, as he attempts to play through a nagging knee injury.
Unfortunately, in addition to the difficulty that goes with adjustments made to his offensive game and his playing time, Roy's life will also be more painful in the immediate future.
During the third quarter of Saturday night's game between the Blazers and the New Orleans Hornets, Roy made a crossover move near the three point line and, without contacting another player, injured his left knee while making the cut. Roy's left knee has been bothering him throughout the season and has reportedly been drained multiple times.
Roy jogged off the floor after the injury, heading straight the locker room.
Here's a video of the play.
During the fourth quarter, the Blazers sent a text message to Portland media: "Brandon Roy (sore left knee) will not return to tonight's game at New Orleans."
A source told CBSSports.com's Ken Berger after the game Saturday night that Portland will see how Roy feels in the next few days & re-evaluate. The source said that the team is "not sure yet" if Roy will miss time.Prior to the injury, Roy was struggling through a 1-7 shooting night. His final line: 2 points, 1 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in 22 minutes.
The Oregonian reports that Roy was in significant pain during an evaluation Saturday night.
Back in the locker room, Roy was examined by New Orleans team doctor Matt McQueen, who determined his knee was stable but swollen. He asked Roy to perform basic movements, like squatting, but Roy said he couldn’t complete the movements without sharp, piercing pain in the left knee.
“I’m not going to speculate,’’ Roy said. “I’m just going to take it day-by-day and see how it feels. I felt that sharp pain, and it wasn’t going away, so I felt it was best I go out of the game. The biggest thing for me right now is not to think too far ahead.’’
The Blazers have two days off before their next game: at the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. Roy will travel with the team but, as Berger reported, his status is unclear.