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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 at 8:46 pm  |  23 responses

Brandon Roy Out for Suns Series (+ More?)

Phoenix is rising? Already a chic pick to make some noise this postseason, the Suns got an added—if unfortunate—boost when it was announced that their first-round foe, the cursed Portland Trail Blazers, would be missing their best player, Brandon Roy.

According to the Blazers’ official site: “Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a partial meniscus tear in right knee, it was announced today by Trail Blazers General Manager Kevin Pritchard. ‘This was not an easy decision to make,’ said Roy. ‘But, if I’m going to be out there, I want to be contributing. If we’re fortunate enough to advance in the playoffs, having the surgery now gives me the best opportunity to help our team.’ Dr. Don Roberts will perform the knee arthroscopy on Friday morning at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, WA. A timetable for Roy’s return will be set following surgery, but he’ll be sidelined for at least the first round series vs. the Phoenix Suns.”

@WojYahooNBA, Adrian Wojnarowski paints an even less hopeful picture. Tweets Woj: “Source close to him says ‘There’s no way’ he’d return this season, even if Blazers advance.” and “Recovery on Roy’s surgery is typically 4-6 weeks. As badly he wants to try, there’s just no way anyone would let him take such a risk.”

What is with the Blazers and injuries?!

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  • ripslash

    Meet the new Clippers, everyone!

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  • fruity4rudy

    not fair

  • naturallyawesome

    @ripslash You don’t see them losing like the Clippers though

  • The D Train

    Really, a fitting cap to the Blazers season, no matter how far they go. A Cinderella-like run is still possible, but losing your top-gun going into the playoffs is never a recipe for a title-run. The way this season has gone, this is 100% par for the course.

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    I think this will be good for the blazers. Their offense has been all half court sets and very predictable. Hopefully Nate loosens up the reigns a bit and finally sees that this team is built to RUN.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I actually think the Suns would have won the series anyway, but I hate to see this as a factor.

  • J-Killer15

    The Blazers are the new Rockets

  • http://Slamonline Don

    Aldridge,miller, Webster gotta step it up

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Sadly, co-sign that… The Blazers play well without B. Roy too, kind of like the Rockets playing well without McGrady and even Yao sometimes… And they are also missing their starting centers. Wow, I feel bad for the Blazers, I hope they can pull it together.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    get well captain…sigh, hope we give Phoenix a good fight though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/san-dova-speak-easy/ San Dova

    Well, I can say I told you so about B. Roy.

  • underdog

    Knee arthroscopy is a real b*tch. No way, he’s going to return this season. I still root for the Blazers in this series.

  • Coney Islander

    I can’t feel sorry for them…I’m a Knick fan. *sobs*

  • T-Money

    Injuries to the Blazers are overblown because the reality is that there is no separation between their bench and their starters. Camby is just as good as Oden and Ghostface. Batum and Webster are interchangeable. Fernandez can score an easy 20 a game if he gets burn. Bayless can fill it up. Dre Miller too. B-Roy is cool but he’s not that dude, people keep trying to put him in the elite category but I don’t see it. Compare his numbers to Reke Evans. You’ll be shocked at how identical their numbers are.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    T-money, what’s the point of comparing B-Roy with Reke when they’re not even on the same team? And on that note, Tyreke is not a 3pt threat.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/04/the-post-up-home-stretch/ Mike

    @T-Money Roy is a superstar quit hatin

  • The D Train

    T-Money…they had to trade rotation players Outlaw and Blake for Camby because of the injuries to the big men. Saying injuries are overblown is a short-sighted and ridiculous statement when said team lost 311 games to injury. And Fernandez might be able to have a hot game here or there, but a Brandon Roy he aint. Your cockamamie theory (cant believe i finally get to use “cockamamie” on here) also completely neglects the concept of team chemistry, which I’m sure is hard to improve on when you’re shuffling new dudes into the lineup every other week.

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    T-money, it’s one thing to say B-Roy ain’t in an elite catagory, but it’s entirely another thing to say the team is better without him. At the very least, you have to admit that if it’s a close game, the Blazers are at a serious disadvantage because B-Roy is pretty damn clutch.

  • LA Huey

    T-Money went a bit overboard but it’s got some merit. The injuries affect chemistry but there isn’t that big a drop on the talent level they can put on the floor. Well, except when they lose Roy. That gap between Roy and Rudy is a chasm when you factor in clutch and consistency.

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  • Kent Kanada

    Oden just looks old so I kinda expected mad injuries from him…but Roy? Its gunna be a bumpy Trail for the Blazers if they even want to stop a sweep by Phoenix.

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