caseyholdahl

Apr 23

It's games like these that put screenwriters out of work. When real life delivers storylines like the one we witnessed in Game 4, there's no need to indulge in fiction.

A rally from 23-points down would be story enough, but for the comeback to happen on the shoulders of Brandon Roy, is just too much. It's just about perfect.

Which is what the Trail Blazers needed Brandon Roy to be Saturday afternoon at the Rose Garden. Anything less would have resulted in a close loss, but a loss nonetheless. Brandon Roy is 99 percent of the reason why the Trail Blazers will head to Dallas tomorrow with the series tied 2-2.

Here's what Roy's coaches and teammates and Brandon himself had to say about the performance. I wasn't able to put it into words myself.

Nate McMillan:
“As I said before, there is nobody including Brandon Roy that wants to see him on the floor as much as I do. We all here in Portland know what he is capable of doing and tonight was Brandon Roy of old. I mean, he took the game on his shoulders and just carried the team, will the team to a win. There were possessions where I thought he was doing a good job of setting guys up and kicking it out, but in the fourth quarter, I saw Brandon of old in the sense that he wasn’t passing the ball, he was going to take the shot and he was going to live with the result whether he made it or missed.”

“It’s been a process going down the stretch as far as his role, this is something that our doctors, Brandon, and the organization, basically said we’re going to play this role going down the stretch bringing him off the bench, slowly working him back, and seeing what we can do this season with Brandon as far as coming off the bench and limiting his minutes and trying to fit this role for this year. After this, we will look at next season. So it was pretty much a wait-and-see. We’ve tried to do that. I felt that in this role, and Brandon and I talked about, we would have some matchups that we could get to and we would want to take advantage of. I think it does put pressure on teams to have to find a way to matchup with him. Tonight, they had a number of guys trying to guard him, as far as Stevenson, Marion – someone bigger, Terry, Barea. A number of guys was guarding him tonight, but I felt in this role that he would play for the rest of the season, we would have a matchup.”

Rich Carlisle: “We’ve been saying all series that we’ve been game planning for him like he’s an All-Star. He’s had two of those nights now, so we’ll continue to do that. He got on a roll in the fourth and made some things happen. I’m going to take the blame for a lot of that. There are different things defensively that we could have done. We should have done some different things, so I’m going to take the blame for that."

LaMarcus Aldridge: “I’m real happy for him. I think he can tell you that I always try to be confident with him. When he was coming back, I always told him to shoot it. I always told him to play his game. I never tried to put him in no shell or anything, I just tell him to go out and play. He misses a shot, I’ll be like, ‘Shoot it again.’ I never say anything negative towards him, so to see him getting his confidence back and to see him get back to rare form tonight, that was pretty big. I wish I had more energy to celebrate with him, but I was about to pass out.”

Patty Mills: "He's the man. He's the man. Everyone knows that he has it in him. I didn't believe for a second that's he had lost what he had because of injuries or what people are saying. That's what he does."

"I'm sitting there going 'Whoa, am I in the NBA and am I really witnessing this right now?' That was unbelievable."

"It couldn't happen to a better person, first of all. In a way it's not surprising. It's Brandon. That's what he does. That's what he's always done his whole career. People write him off or not, it should be no surprise whatever adversity he handles, he handles it well. He's still coming out and just being himself, and that's what he does."

Gerald Wallace: "That was a great performance. It's like the commercial says; The NBA, Where Amazing Happens. That was an amazing game, especially the fourth quarter performance by Brandon Roy."

"It was amazing. He got into a zone. He went to feeling like he couldn't miss. He put us on his back and carried us. Amazing performance he put on in the fourth quarter. I think he kind of took some of the life out of Dallas with that performance."

Nicolas Batum: "B.Roy, he play like Brandon Roy. That's it."

(On what he said to Roy in the huddle after the game)

"Just 'You still the man. You still Brandon Roy. We trust you, we believe in you. You're still the player that is the franchise, one of the best player in NBA. We going to give the ball to you and you the man.' That's it."

Andre Miller:
"Brandon Roy woke up. It's a big game, big fourth quarter, by him, by everybody. Found a way to play a little bit of defense, didn't get our heads too down. We got down for a little bit. I don't know how it happened but we worked through it."

"There was so much energy in the building, I caught myself jumping around a little bit. Definitely a team effort until Brandon Roy, he woke up. Hit some tough shots, hit some big shots and just rode him and our defense home in the fourth."

"He was big. I was trying to help keep the crowd involved, just keep pushing. They hit a couple shots and we hit a couple shots, we hit a three, they come down and make a play. I think the energy of the building kind of took over."

Marcus Camby:
"Fourth quarter was Brandon Roy. Everyone has been writing him off. He helped us out in Game 3. I know people where doubting whether he could do it again, so hopefully he proved a lot of people wrong. He's big and he still has a lot of game left in him. Very, very happy for him, the way he performed tonight."

"As players and teammates, we never really lost faith in him. We see him more than you guys probably see him. We see him in practice working on his game, working on his craft. All he has been saying is he wants the opportunity to prove himself, which he shouldn't have to because he's been great for this organization ever since Day 1 in this league. To see the flack he got for what he said the other day, I don't think was warranted because you look back, he's won a lot of ballgames. Not just buzzer-beaters, but just his overall play, him being the face of the franchise. As a friend and as a teammates, definitely ecstatic and happy the way he's been playing of late. We never lost faith in him and he's proven why he's one of the better players we have in this league."

Rudy Fernandez: "It's unbelievable. It's amazing see one guy, has four injuries in the knees, both knees, play like that. I think it's impressive. It's unbelievable. It's amazing."

Wesley Matthews: ":Brandon's game can be summed up as "Seven." Tweet that. He was "Seven" tonight. I don't know who Brandon is. That was "Seven" out there."

"It's amazing. It's good to see. Beyond being a teammate, just as a friend, it's good to see someone who sacrificed so much, has been through so much in a short period of time, to step up on the biggest stage and come out for his team like he did."

"He works and he wants it. He's confident. He knows he can do it, and he just went out there and did it."

Brandon Roy: “I don’t know to say it was old times, but it was just a moment where I just kept telling the guys, ‘Look we’re down 20 points, let’s play loose and let’s try to give ourselves a chance.’ When we were making that comeback, I never thought we were going to win the game, but I was like, let’s push and try to put some pressure on them, and keep putting pressure on them to see if we can give ourselves a chance. We just kept getting stops and balls were going our way. It was just an incredible game to be a part of.”

“Honestly, I envisioned a game like this when I first came back from the surgery. I was like, ‘yeah I think I’m going to do something special.’ But as things progressed, I thought game 2 was a down moment. I didn’t think anything good was going to come, I was pretty down on myself. But like I said, the next day – so much support, I just wanted to go out there and give myself a chance. I didn’t think that this would happen, but it was a great day for me and for our team. We evened out the series, it’s 2-2 and I think we’ve got some pressure on them now.”

13 Comments

  1. So many humbling and inspiring statements from the guys.

    This was a stellar performance all around.

    by Patch on 4/23/2011 7:04 PM
  2. Any quotes on why Andre Miller was doing jumping jacks late in the 4th quarter to get the crowd hype? That was awesome but something unexpected from Dre.

    I like what LA had to say..just keep shooting B!

    by DHawes22 on 4/23/2011 7:12 PM
  3. Roy~~ like the other NBA superstars only better, no baggage, humble and there when his team needed him the most. Fantastic!

    by BlockParty aka Teamship on 4/23/2011 7:23 PM
  4. Rocky who? We are in the middle rounds now. Blow for blow. Punch for punch. What a fight. We bleed. We draw blood. Now step on their throat.

    by Divotking on 4/23/2011 9:01 PM
  5. One of the most surprising games I’ve ever seen. Brandon, you are the best and if we ever doubted that…we were way Wrong!!!

    by kaemicha on 4/23/2011 10:09 PM
  6. I thank you once again Casey for bringing the Blazers to us.

    I told you in a blog not long ago that if you had an inkling to tell BRoy, to quit thinking, quit worrying and just play his game the best he could. I know BRoy is a whiz and figured that out for himself, but it sure seems as though he listened.

    I wouldn't go as far as to say this was a great game, weird game, bu not a great game.

    I think they will do better from now on and I think BRoy will play better from now on.

    by Hg on 4/23/2011 10:50 PM
  7. SEVEN!

    Such warm and worthy comments from the guys - so great! I missed the comeback, as I had to head to bed at 1 am, so I am a bit sad that I missed it, but the end result is what I desired, so it's all good!

    Great stage for B Roy to show his stuff, he has had some great games in these 3 years we've returned to the playoffs, so hats off to him!

    We are in for quite the ride the rest of the way through!

    by Anees on 4/24/2011 2:33 AM
  8. I LOVE THIS TEAM! Never give up -let amazing happen!

    by suzz on 4/24/2011 1:10 PM
  9. Great blog Casey, thanks for letting us get insight into how BRoy's teammates felt about not only his performance on this night, but also a little bit of how they have been feeling about him recently :)

    by SisillaRiann on 4/24/2011 2:09 PM
  10. GO BROY! GO BLAZERS!

    by Kap on 4/24/2011 2:46 PM
  11. This is why I love this team. Go Blazers!

    by Lkiki503 on 4/24/2011 3:49 PM
  12. as Anees (and Wesley) said: "Seven!" great collection of comments, Casey. it's great to see all the guys supporting Brandon!

    by Kassandra on 4/24/2011 4:26 PM
  13. Geat job Casey, I watch that whole game and even had my head down going into the 4th quarter, But to see the spark in Brandon Roy eyes and the way his confidence came out, got me back on my feet... The Crowd was so loud, I felt like i was in the Rose Garden In my house all the way In Maryland...

    by Maryland Blazer on 4/25/2011 6:26 AM
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