Tag: Brandon Roy Returns

Phoenix Suns v Portland Trail Blazers - Game 6

Nate McMillan isn’t as sold on Roy’s speedy return


Brandon Roy is ready to come back and play this weekend. He has been cleared to practice and if there is one thing we know from Brandon Roy’s history it’s that he wants back on the court. Yesterday.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan is a more patient man. And he may force Roy (and Marcus Camby) to be as well, as reported at Blazers Edge.

“Brandon and Camby have decided when they are coming back, so as far as talking with Jay and the doctors we have these couple of days where we are going to practice. I’ll see if these guys show up for practice and we’ll go from there. As far as them playing this weekend, that hasn’t been decided by us.”

McMillan would be wise to slow this train down. Just as a reminder, Roy had surgery on both knees three weeks ago. Three. I appreciate Roy’s competitive nature. But what is the rush — to make sure they hang on to that eighth seed? We’ve been on the “sit him for the season” bandwagon around here, thinking it’s best for the Blazers long term to let Roy’s knees really have a break. Maybe a few more weeks at least, say after the All-Star break, makes some sense?

But he’ll be back and apparently McMillan can only slow that for so long.

Portland’s Brandon Roy will return to games this week

Brandon Roy

So much for taking the remainder of the season off to rest.

Brandon Roy has been cleared by Doctors to return to practice just three weeks after double knee surgery and he should be back playing with the Trail Blazers by this weekend, according to Jason Quick of the Oregonian.

“For sure against Detroit (Sunday), and maybe for Toronto (Friday),’’ Roy said Monday. “I’m excited. I feel pretty good.’’

Roy wants to come off the bench to start.

“I haven’t played since Dec. 15, so I want to play with some guys and get a feel,’’ Roy said. “I need to get my legs back and my rhythm back.’’

Roy had both knees scoped Jan. 17. The surgery was deemed successful but the man has virtually no cartilage left in his knees so there is only so much the doctors can do anymore. His knees are never going to be 100 percent again.

There was talk of him taking the entire season off to rest them — why rush back to battle for one of the last playoff spots in the West when what they really need is him to get right again? He might not be the same old guy next season but he’d be closer.

But that’s not Roy’s personality. He is a competitor. He wants to be back. The Blazers were the eighth seed heading into Monday night by just half a game ahead of Memphis. He wants to win and get this team to the playoffs.


NBA Playoffs Blazers Suns Game 4: The vengeful return of Brandon Roy


The Blazers needed an emotional lift. Something to get their crowd back into the zone after a deflating Game 3. Something to give them just a little bit of a push at both ends. And Brandon Roy, out for two weeks following surgery to repair a torn miniscus, making an early return? That’ll do it.

Roy came in and played absolutely huge in limited minutes, while the Portland defense held the Suns to a season low, and just. Like. That. 96-87. Series tied 2-2.

This one’s starting to get a little tense. After Amar’e elbow last game, you had two flagrants called in this one. One was Jerryd Bayless, who played brilliantly with passion, but got too worked up in transition. The other? Channing Frye made a moderate swipe on a Nic Batum fastbreak and was called for what may be the weakest flagrant foul in the history of professional basketball?

And you know what? It wouldn’t have changed a thing.

The Rose Garden wasn’t going to let the Blazers lose this game. Brandon Roy wasn’t going to let the Blazers lose this game. Marcus Camby, knocking down mid-range J’s from 22 feet (where he’s a 47% shooter by the way) wasn’t going to let the Blazers lose this game. And LaMarcus Aldridge more than anyone wasn’t going to let the Blazers lose this game.

While Amar’e Stoudemire was working inside (26 points, 8-10 FTs), Aldridge was the scoring option the Blazers desperately needed. 31 points, and deadly from mid-range. And make no mistake, he wanted it defensively as well. 11 boards, often in traffic.

There was no great adjustment made by the Blazers, the Suns just struggled, Jason Richardson fell back to Earth and missed a lot of open looks, while Steve Nash had six turnovers, including two late (one leading to the Batum flagrant). Versus the first Blazers win, this wasn’t a matchup or strategy win, this was one fed on energy and willpower. The Blazers were fierce all over, led by their general back on the floor. And when Roy nailed a jumper late to push the lead back up to multiple possessions, it felt like something legendary, even Willis-Reed-esque.

(It should be noted that Roy’s injury was not that severe, that surgery was not that invasive, and that essentially he just came back a week earlier with doctor’s clearance. Dramatic, but not really Reed-esque. But still a great story.)

The Suns suddenly have gone from looking like they were in complete control of this series to facing a must-win in Phoenix in Game 5. A loss puts them at the brink of elimination going back to the Rose Garden. And the Suns don’t have anyone coming back from injury to get them a boost. They’re just going to have to execute and find a way.

Otherwise, Roy’s return will just be a warmup for Round 2.