Hamstring injuries are often the most difficult to treat. There’s no surgery that can be performed or brace that can be slapped on to make the pain go away. You can massage, ice, heat and apparently inject platelets into the general area to help speed up the healing process, but none of those treatments are guaranteed to work, as we’re seeing with Brandon Roy.
Roy did go through practice today, playing 3-on-3 alongside Patty Mills and Jeff Pendergraph against Nicolas Batum, Martell Webster and Dante Cunningham, and while he said his right hamstring feels better, it’s still not back to normal.
“I didn’t feel (the hamstring) pull but it got tight on a couple moves where I was trying to explode,” said Roy. “… That’s why I wanted to practice because it kind of got competitive and there were a couple of plays where I just didn’t think about it and I kind of felt a tightness. It didn’t pull, it didn’t feel like it did in Philly, but it just let me know that it wasn’t 100 percent yet.”
He looked to be moving pain-free during the hour long practice, making effective moves to the basket and playing tough defense, but Roy noted that just because he looked like his old self doesn’t necessarily mean he felt like it.
“Looks can be deceiving sometimes,” said Roy. “A lot of it was just plays I just wasn’t really being aggressive because I had kind of felt it earlier in the session when we were playing. I just kind tried to make controlled moves. There were a couple of plays where, like I said, I attacked earlier and I was like ‘Naw, I’ve got to be careful. I don’t want try to pull this thing in practice.’”
Though he’s eager to get back in the game, Roy says he doesn’t want to jeopardize the teams’ chances of winning just because he feels the need to work his way back into the rotation.
“I want to go out there and feel like I can help the team,” said Roy. “I don’t want to go out there and feel like the guys have to carry me. I want to go out there and contribute and not hold anything back. That’s always my biggest thing. They’re playing well right now and I don’t want to come in and make them play at my level. I want to come in and catch up to them. And today I didn’t feel like I was quite ready to play at their pace.”
When asked if his teammates took it easy on him during the 3-on-3 workout, Roy noted that just the opposite was true.
“They didn’t care. That’s what I wanted though,” said Roy. “The minute I stepped out there, everyone was like ‘We’re going to go at him,’ so I didn’t feel like I was quite at full strength to defend myself. That’s why I was kind of ‘Maybe I’m not ready.’ There were a few plays where I really wanted to be aggressive but I just said ‘Let me hold back.’ As long as I’m thinking like that then I think that means I’m not quite ready to play yet.”
As for Saturday’s game against the Lakers, Roy is officially listed as questionable, though according to head coach Nate McMillan, the final decision will be made sometime after shootaround on Saturday morning.
“I’m listening to (Roy),” said McMillan. “I’ve got to listen to his body. We try and put him through the tests. He knows what he’s feeling like. He’s been sitting out for a couple weeks now and you don’t want again to waste the time that you’ve already allowed him to recover. He has to, in his mind, feel confident that he can go out there and play and explode the way he plays out on the court. Until he gets to that point, you’ve got to be careful with it.”
Jerryd Bayless, who was kneed in the thigh early during Thursday night’s game against the Spurs, only rode the stationary bike at practice on Friday. He is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Lakers.
Joel Przybilla, who suffered a ruptured patella tendon in his right, was seen walking gingerly without a brace or crutches around the court today at practice. As a part of his rehab, Przybilla was exaggerating his stride, trying purposefully to lift his right knee as high as possible. Przybilla is still listed as out for the remainder of the 2009-10 season.