Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  14 responses

Post Up: Get Well Soon BRoy

Now is not the time to get injured.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

It’s the day before the final day of the regular season and I slept in. Think it’s my body’s way of telling me I’ll be catching up on sleep as soon as a new champion is crowned? I’m thinking yes. Going to keep this short and sweet so you all are not wondering where the hell the Post Up went.

To sum up last night: Another Raptor went down with an injury and the Blazers pulled out a gutty, gutty victory against the Thunder without Brandon Roy in action. Sounds about right.

Sonny Weems went down with an ankle injury in the final minutes of the Raptors’ 111-97 victory over the Pistons, while the Blazers learned they will be without Roy for a bit as he sustained a torn meniscus after colliding with Lamar Odom on Sunday afternoon. It just feels wrong for the Blazers to have to lose their best player after they’ve dealt with so many injuries this season and still fought hard enough to make the playoffs.

I hate that. I also hate thinking of Roy debating surgery now or playing through playoffs and then getting his knee fixed. He should be prepping for the Blazers first round series. News of that injury made me a little angry with the Basketball Gods. It also made me think about Nate McMillan and how he manages to get the most out of every player on his roster, whether they’re starting or barely getting off of the bench. I still can’t decide between Brooks and Skiles for coach of the year, but man, Nate’s good at what he does, too.

Speaking of Brooks, with the Blazers victory, the Thunder’s first round series against the Lakers has been set. That should be a fun one, I just wanted them paired up with the Jazz for round one. Yes, I’m greedy like that. With the way the Lakers have been struggling, it will be interesting to see if they can pull it together to down the Thunder, or whether OKC can pull off the upset.

In the East, the Raptors win against the Pistons means they’ll be scoreboard watching tonight as the Bulls play the Celtics. I’ll bet Canada hasn’t ever rooted so hard for Boston as they will tonight.

I read on Twitter that the Spurs have now had 11-straight seasons with 50-wins. That’s pretty remarkable and is a reflection of the way that organization is run. Seeing them run all over the Nuggets in Denver on Saturday, they suddenly looked very good at the right time. Even without George Hill.

Thoughts on Aaron Brooks for Most Improved Player? I haven’t given that award a lot of thought. I do know Hill would be up there for me, with that one.

And while the rest of the NBA is doing their thing, the Mavericks are quietly getting things set up for playoffs, taking over the number two spot in the Western Conference and playing some of their sharpest basketball of the season. Dirk looks great, Kidd’s doing what he does and last night, our fave, Roddy Beaubois started and showed some more of why Mark Cuban and the Mavs are in love with his game.

Oh yeah, the Izod’s closed. For good. our guy Russ Bengtson was in the house as the lights went down on this disastrous season for the Nets.

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  • Ken

    The Blazers’ first round opponents just got a huge gift.

  • http://slamonline.com MooButter

    Sorry about Sonny. I love watching that guy play.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    I feel bad for the Blazers and Roy, however if they match up with the Mavericks in the first round I will feel no sympathy. Mavericks will, no must win and win in a way that crushes spirits. As for the Thunder vs the Lakers in the first round, that should be good. Lakers should win in 5 if healthy. If Bynum isnt back (he said he would be) all bets are off.

  • Sparty’s Law

    I really want the Raptors to make the playoffs but I fear I will lose a significant piece of my soul if I route for the Celtics to win even one game. Quite the moral dilemma.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Raptors… When it rains, it pours…

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    White Chocolate has got to be the luckiest vetern ever. Dude retires from the Clippers to chill in Florida for a year, then goes across the street to be a rotational player on a championship contender with the Magic.

  • The D Train

    Portland winning 50 games with the ridiculous amount of injuries this year is pretty impressive. Team up Nate with a series of wily vets like Camby, Andre and Juwan, and you can make the playoffs. Unfortunately the main goal this year was to get some playoff experience for the Roy-led Blazers, and hopefully win a round or two. Instead we’ll have to settle for the Blazers sans Brandon. I really wanted him to have a chance to win his first playoff series and see what he could do with year of experience under his belt. Holly notes how sad/sick it makes her about all these injuries, and being up here in the corner of the country, where Blazer-love is beyond crazy, I can completely relate. With the loss of the Sonics, the subsequent meteoric rise of the Thunder, and the copious amount of injuries to Portland, there is a lot more to be depressed about than just the weather up here.

  • vtrobot

    hats off to a lot of the coaches who have had a stellar year, but nate doesn’t get the award? seriously? the amount of injuries he’s had to deal with has been mind-blowing. you end up blowing out your achilles because you had to play in practice because your team is so depleted. that’s some next level adversity. please name a former playoff team that had more injuries. hoping that KD’s coming out party is at the lakers expense. please, god. hmac, get your rest. you’ve more than earned it. thank you for making SLAM better.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Hmm, Suns had 46 wins last season… 44 in 02-03 and 36 in 01-02.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    We beat the Nets yesterday. i earned my cookie.

  • Mr. Robinson

    Maybe Rudy Will get his chance and stop crying.

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  • LA Huey

    Northwest hoops just has a dirty curse all over it.

  • Lazaruz

    didnt he collide with ron artest? AND FOR F*CK SAKE! f*cked up all this happenin to portland.