by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni
Hey, does anyone know if the Rose Garden is built on top of an Indian burial ground? Because it sure feels as though the Portland Blazers are a cursed bunch.
In the span of less than a month, the team has lost its two centers, possibly for the remainder of the season. Last night, Joel “Ghostface” Przybilla went down with a horrific knee injury.
The Oregonian has the gruesome details:
Przybilla suffered a ruptured right patellar tendon and patella dislocation and is out indefinitely. He is scheduled to fly back to Portland today for further testing and, eventually, surgery, after which doctors will determine how much time he will miss.
The injury was eerily similar to the one Greg Oden sustained Dec. 5 against the Houston Rockets. “I knew it was pretty severe when it happened,” said Przybilla, who was smiling and positive after the game. “My leg was stuck in a funny position. It really didn’t hurt, but I could tell something wasn’t right.”
For the Blazers, who entered the game with just 10 healthy players because of a rash of injuries, losing Przybilla is a surreal and disheartening blow. “We just couldn’t believe that someone else went down,” LaMarcus Aldridge said. “We all stopped and said, ‘Please tell me this ain’t real.'”
And it don’t stop … Star guard Brandon Roy might soon be out of action, too. Brandon is scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow on his left shoulder to determine the severity of his injury (which he sustained in the fourth quarter of last night’s win against Dallas.)
The Blazers need to make things right with the deities that supposedly decide the fate of basketball franchises, because those guys are evidently very angry at them.