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Feb 23

In A Day Of Questions, Brandon Roy Provides An Answer

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, BrandonRoy, Lakers
The Trail Blazers didn't make a trade Wednesday night, though reports indicate that they're in discussions with numerous teams and could very well make a move before the noon deadline Thursday.

And they lost to the Lakers at the Rose Garden, ending a six-game winning streak and pushing Portland back to the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoff table.

But both the short and long-term prospects in Rip City nevertheless got a boost Wednesday night with the return of Brandon Roy to the lineup. Roy played limited minutes, scored just 5 points on 2-of-5 shooting and looked tentative at times, but he was back, reportedly pain-free and optimistic about his prospects for the future.

"It felt good playing," said Roy. "Just trying to get my flow back. I think (team trainer) Jay (Jensen) told me I was out for two months. I didn't even notice it had been that long. But it was good to be back out there playing with the guys. They were very encouraging."

As were the Rose Garden faithful. There have been grumbles in blog comments and message boards that Roy's return might disrupt the rhythm the team had found in his absence, but if there was any concern among the 20,643 fans in attendance, it didn't show. Roy, checking in for the first time in 2011, received a standing ovation from the same crowd that had watched the guard from Washington carry the Trail Blazers on his back many times in his four plus years in Portland.

"It was great," said Roy of the reception. "Our fans have always been very good to me. They kind of get me going but at the same time it made me a little nervous because everybody's cheering."

Though in the crowd's defense, Roy was going to be nervous either way. How could he not? Wednesday night's game was the first page in a new chapter of Roy's career, and new beginnings are always nerve-wracking.

"I thought the second half, once my adrenaline started kicking in and I stopped thinking so much and worrying about being tired I thought I was much better," said Roy. "Again, this is the first game in a long time and just happy I was back out there playing with the guys."

Counted out by some, straight up disrespected by others, the three-time all-star now has to figure out who he is, and that process started against the Lakers. Can he get back to the All-NBA level he was at before? Would he best serve the team coming off the bench? Could he accept such a role? Were any of those questions answered Wednesday night? Probably not, but at least we're now one game closer to some sort of resolution, and that's something to feel good about.

6 Comments

  1. I was so excited to see him come out on the floor, then the step back jumper then the three. Should have had that steal although he did foul. but for 15.5 minutes of play he did fantastic. Welcome back BRoy, I really missed you.

    Hg

    by Hg on 2/24/2011 2:23 AM
  2. People look at his points and raise an eyebrow. But really, his defense and hustle was amazing and helped the team a lot. I was disappointed to see him taken out, but yet, I understand why. He didn't like it, I didn't like it, I don't think anyone liked it, but the precautions had to be taken. Roy looked like the pro he is out there, and even made Shannon Brown, a quick guy, fall on his knees, and he made the Lakers focus on him.

    He's back baby, he's back.

    by Herr on 2/24/2011 2:42 AM
  3. they (the coaching staff) should've had his minutes manged better in the 4th. i wanted to see him finish the game and help the team, especially when they finished with that dry spell of scoring at the end.

    by blazerdarren77 on 2/24/2011 6:40 AM
  4. Love it! Brandon did not play long, but he DID show me two things. First: An old school Roy step-back jumper, creating space the way he used to. Second, he hit that 3, and running back pumped his fist like "Yes!".
    Too soon to tell, but if he can be Brandon Roy for 25 mins...... well, I'm in. Got choked up when he hit that shot. And we are all worried about L-Train in all of this? First one to emphatically high 5 our all star. Powerful stuff.
    Hang on RIP CITY, it's gonna be a ride.

    by Olallie on 2/25/2011 2:28 AM
  5. I agree wth Olallie, LA's reaction to Brandon't 3! He was almost more excited than B-Roy. I think with a couple of games, they will get the rust off and the chemistry will be back.

    by BlazerFamily on 2/25/2011 11:59 AM
  6. What a great game!! The "Natural" is back!! Praying for continued strength and stamina for B-Roy!! You are so fun to watch!! Love having you back and hoping for more!!

    by dljensen on 2/26/2011 10:57 PM
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