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Blazers say Brandon Roy out “indefinitely” with sore knees

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UPDATE 10:32 pm: Before the Blazers game against the Jazz Thursday night, Roy spoke with reporters. Below are some of his quotes, via the amazing Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge:

“Right now there’s no timetable. It’s just until we can find a solution for this problem.”

“(Sitting out the season is) a possibility. That is a possibility. But don’t even want to go that far to say that.”

“After sitting out these last two weeks, the knee hasn’t really improved to where I think I can go out there and be much better than I was that last game. That led to this decision.”

“Yes, (surgery is) a possibility.”

“Right now, I don’t know (about what option for treatment may be chosen). We’ve explored a number of them. We’ll continue to look for them. We’ll just look for everything. It may be something that comes up we haven’t heard of, surgery, those are all things we’ll be looking for.”

Roy would not detail all the options being considered but the fact that he has not ruled out surgery and hinted at some other potentially experimental procedures makes one really question if he is coming back this season.

8:47 pm: The Trail Blazers decided to leave the window open for a possible return this season, but Brandon Roy is going to be out for a long while.

The team announced Thursday night that Roy would be out “indefinitely” due to sore knees.

“Unfortunately, Brandon Roy’s condition has not significantly improved and we’ve decided to hold him out indefinitely. In the short term, we’re going to proceed with an extended period of rest. Beyond that, we’re looking at all available treatment options to help better determine a course of action,” said Blazers GM Rich Cho in a statement released by the team.

Roy — a three-time All-Star — has missed the last six games and been in-and-out of the Blazers lineup this season due to knee problems. Those knee issues also have led to a drop in production this season (for example, his shooting percentage has fallen to 39.9 percent from 47.3 percent last season). There is no simple surgical option because he has basically worn away the meniscus tissue – or cartilage — in his knees, which are bone on bone.

There has been speculation that Roy would shut it down for the rest of the season. However, he is a fierce competitor who has raced back from injury before to help his team in key games (such as last year’s playoffs). Right now the Blazers are 16-16 and would be the eighth seed in the West. If late in the season the Blazers are still in the same boat, it would not be a surprise to see Roy come back.

However, more rest would probably be better. The problem is there seems to be limited good long-term treatment options. Roy is likely to have chronic knee issues for the rest of his career (and beyond).

Zaza Pachulia steals ball, starts break, blows open layup against Suns (VIDEO)

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Zaza Pachulia is riding the Golden State Warriors train for all it’s worth, in the good and the bad. In November, Pachulia hit a mid-range jumper and did a horse dance. If that was the zenith, Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns was the nadir.

Particularly because Pachulia blew a breakaway layup in which he definitely should have scored.

Instead, the Warriors big man stuffed the ball between the iron and the backboard, clumsily squandering his opportunity:

*Sad trombone*

Russell Westbrook’s no-look, two-hand, behind-his-head pass ignites Thunder break

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Russell Westbrook was just himself — hustling, attacking, and getting his fifth triple-double in a row Sunday night against the Pelicans.

But the play of the night didn’t get him any points or an assist. It was Westbrook hustling, getting to the floor to get a loose ball, then making the showtime pass to start a Globetrotters-like fast break that ended with an Andre Roberson dunk.

Westbrook had an impressive dunk of his own.

NBA VP Kiki VanDeWeghe on “unnaturual acts:” “Our rules are for every player”

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The NBA has tried to crack down on “unnatural acts” — players flailing body parts trying to draw a foul call.

At the heart of that is Golden State’s Draymond Green, who picked up a flagrant foul for the unnatural act of getting his leg high enough to kick James Harden in the face Thursday night. Green fired back at the league, saying in part, “It’s funny how you can tell me how I get hit and how my body is supposed to react. I didn’t know the league office was that smart when it came to body movements.” Green’s argument is that he was fouled in the air and the high leg was the natural act of him trying to keep his balance. (Doesn’t matter, it’s a reckless act and if you kick someone in the face you should get a flagrant foul. Also, try explaining the kick on Marquese Chriss on Saturday that way.)

Former All-Star NBA player as well as coach Kiki VanDeWeghe is now an NBA vice president and the guy who is the decision maker on these reviews and fouls. He spoke with Sam Amick of the USA Today about how those unnatural act rules are applied.

“Our rules are for every player,” VanDeWeghe told USA TODAY Sports. “We want each play judged according to the rules, as best possible, and the rules applied fairly across our whole league. That’s very important to us. We don’t make exceptions for players. They are applied to everybody.

“In Draymond’s particular case (against the Houston Rockets on Thursday), he had an arm flail which struck the player (James Harden) in the neck-head area. And then in addition to that, he had a kick up above the head of the defender. As he brought his leg down, his heel hit him in the face. It wouldn’t matter what player we’re talking about (it’s a foul)….

“Most of these are done to draw the attention of the referees. We noticed an uptick in these last year, and they needed to be addressed by the competition committee.”

While Green feels singled out — “marked” is what he tweeted — VanDeWeghe noted that competition committee included owners, coaches, GMs, people from the players union, and a lot of people with playing experience, who all sat down as a group and studied what is and is not an “unnatural act.” As Amick noted, it isn’t just Green who gets hit with these penalties, although he gets the headlines: Boston’s Marcus Smart was given a Flagrant One for his kick to the groin of the Miami’s Hassan Whiteside; Thursday LeBron James was given a technical foul for his blow to the head of the Clippers’ Alan Anderson.

So long as Green continues to make these acts — and the kick to Chriss Saturday suggests they are not slowing down — the crackdown will continue.

Watch Raptors PG Kyle Lowry throw a full-court alley oop to Pascal Siakam

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Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is having an excellent year for the Eastern Conference Finals hopefuls, and part of that is due to his vision. On Saturday, Lowry threw a full-court lob to Pascal Siakam that was mighty impressive.

After a missed shot in the middle of the third quarter by the Atlanta Hawks, Lowry gathered the rebound on the left block and quickly turned his eyes downcourt.

Siakam, the No. 27 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, was streaking toward the Raptors basket and behind the Hawks defense.

Lowry took advantage with a long-distance heave after one dribble at the free-throw line, and Pascal was able to gather and softly lay the ball up at the rim.