Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  11 responses

Brandon Roy Playing a More Cautious Game

Observers and opponents have noticed that Roy hasn’t quite been himself this season, but he says that it’s all part of the plan to stay healthy. From Blazers Edge: “Roy told me he is already making adjustments to his game and schedule given the heavier minutes load and some mental attention he’s paying to the miles that are already on his body. ‘I think now my practice time is going to cut down a little bit. In the games, I’m just trying to pick my spots a little more smarter. I think just with some of the injuries I’ve had in the past, just trying to make my reads, be a little bit smarter, attack the basket, try to get guys in the air.’ While observers have been calling for Roy to settle for his jumper less and attack the basket more, Roy made it sound tonight like his new perimeter-first approach has been by design. ‘I’m just playing a little bit more of a ground game,’ Roy told me. ‘Some of that is just trying to continue to understand my body and how I can get my game off. Pick my spots about when to go to the basket. I’m not jumping as high as I was. Tonight I thought I finally got the pump fake off in the paint, got the foul. Try to do things like that to keep opening my game up.’ Roy has never been a whiner. Indeed, he is the opposite. He has played through injuries and pain too many times to count. But here we have a new look for Roy: apparently healthy but cautious, acknowledging some slippage in his athleticism and actively looking to evolve his game away from situations that could lead to injury. His mind is that of a chess player’s, his thoughts multiple moves ahead. But this is a 26 year old man, who should still be a year or two away from his prime, openly stepping into a new chapter of his career. Get ready to settle for Brandon Roy settling for jumpers.”

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  • derby

    reminds me how carter changed his game when he became 26/27..

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    The NBA: Where “A little more smarter” happens.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    Im not saying he should play “blake griffin” reckeless abandon style, but he needs to attack the fu(kin rim, thats when hes at his best!

  • rikson

    He has a great J though… especially from midrange!

  • Amar

    what the hell??? hes 26 and his athletisiscm is slipping ??? and hes not in his prime yet….when is he in his prime when he doesnt have a vert n e more ahahaha. c’mon brandon step yo game up….attack that basket

  • JTaylor21

    Well you keep playing more “cautious and you’ll be sitting cautiously on a couch watching the playoffs.

  • unrel

    i don’t even know what to say.. except in one sitting.. he removed himself from the all-star game.. let’s make room for westbrook..

  • Hammer

    This just does not sound good from u broy. @ all! Save that kind of talk 4 when ur kb8,kg,jesus or duncans ages. Could u imagine that kind of talk coming from the gr8′s that have played n the L @ broy’s age!? Not what u want 2 hear coming from ur leader. Play the way that got u 2 where ur @. Which is takin it 2 the rim. THAT’S how u r most effective. We already got enuff jump shooters on the squad. Just do what u do best

  • Hammer

    And its not that I don’t get where he’s coming from. I completely understand him, w/his injury past,why he would say that. But that’s not the best solution either. That’s not what my blazers need 2 hear,especially w/the season being so young. If he resorts 2 this tactic,then blazers playoff positioning goes from 5th spot 2 possibly missing the playoffs n my opinion

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Man, I noticed this too from all the Portland games I’ve been watching; kept waiting for B-Roy to take over and it just wasn’t happening.

    I’m hoping his philosophy is to save himself for the playoffs and really kick it up a notch there. If the Blazers are healthy they could win a first round series in the West even with a low seed, but actually making the playoffs is going to be the problem, though Portland is talented enough to make it even with a restricted Roy.

  • vanillagorilla

    The whole point of his caution is to stay fresh during the season so when the playoffs start he is at 100%. Portland is a very deep and talented team with lots of vets and multiple weapons starting and coming off the bench that can put out big scoring numbers on any given night. They are a team that relies on defense and a slow inside out pace that limits transition opportunities for their opponents and forces them into using their half court offense against the blazer’s uncanny pick and roll defense with big men that can defend on the perimeter and execute switches. The McMillan game plan produces consistent nightly results taking advantage of poor half court teams and those with bad basketball IQ/team chemistry. Luckily Portland’s roster is deep and talented enough that they can end the year with a good to great record despite continual injuries and setbacks that have plagued essentially everyone other than the superhuman that is Andre Miller. As a Portland fan I am not only okay with but in favor of Roy’s trepidation. I’d rather have a 48-52 win season and home court with a fresh BRoy in April than a few more wins and the potential to lose him for 20 or so games like last year and have a severely limited team leader in the post-season.