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Blazers' Brandon Roy says he will try to play Friday against Boston Celtics

By Jason Quick, The Oregonian

February 17, 2010, 11:58AM
broy.jpgBrandon RoyTrail Blazers guard Brandon Roy said he will try to play Friday against Boston despite his sore right hamstring.

Roy, who played 15 minutes on Tuesday against the Clippers before taking himself out of the second half, went through a light practice on Wednesday during which he looked pain free while driving and shooting.

“I’m planning on playing Friday,’’ Roy said. “So I’m going to try and prepare ... practice will be good for me tomorrow.’’

After Tuesday’s game, Roy was depressed about the state of his hamstring, which hasn’t allowed him to complete a full game since Jan. 10 against Cleveland. He wondered openly whether his season was in jeopardy.

On Wednesday, Roy backtracked a little, saying he isn’t considering shutting down his season.

“The end of the season is a long time,’’ Roy said. “So right now, that’s out of my mind. I’m just trying to play and get better. I’m not going to look too far ahead.’’

Roy has missed 15 games because of the hamstring, and has tried to comeback twice, both times pulling himself out of the game before halftime. He played 18 minutes at Philadelphia on Jan. 20 and 15 minutes against the Clippers on Tuesday.

He originally suffered the injury Jan. 2 against Golden State, then played four games with it before straining it in the third quarter of a Jan. 13 game against Milwaukee.


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Posted by blazerfan02
February 17, 2010, 12:16PM

Good! Tough it out Brandon! All the real superstars play injured!!!!

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Posted by bosaki
February 17, 2010, 12:17PM


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Posted by jrzy49.1
February 17, 2010, 6:27PM


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Posted by ballafan
February 17, 2010, 12:25PM

I like the change in attitude. The conspiracy theory is of course that he has since been coached by Blazer management on how not to upset season ticket holders and or new potential ticket purchasers.

what too many fans are failing to understand is that hamstring injuries are not broken fingers and or other different ailments that actually prevent the operation of two of the most essential body parts. the legs.

the hamstring may simply need 60 to 90 days without activity to heal, as opposed to any magic pill or physical treatment.

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Posted by Ryan11
February 17, 2010, 12:30PM

Don't do it Brandon! I know itching to play but you don't want to risk aggravating your hamstring. With Rudy and Nic back, and the inclusion of Camby, we have a solid team capable of winning games while your out. Give yourself two more weeks and then come back so we can make that final push for the playoffs!

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Posted by AaronOakley
February 17, 2010, 3:37PM

If Patty Mills can run point for the 2nd unit, then we can let B Roy heal a little bit longer. Insert Bayless into the starting 5 as the 2-guard until Roy truly believes he can come back and play entire games.
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Posted by sabonis99
February 17, 2010, 12:34PM

Well...rest hasn't helped, so give it a real go.

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Posted by sux2beyou
February 17, 2010, 12:53PM

Good job little Roy. At least you are showing some you may have a slight inkling of heart in you. It is a real shame you've been allowed to "baby" this injury for this long. Brandon, maybe you could look to some vetran leadership (ie. Andre Miller), to see how a true warrior plays. Grow up little B(r)oy. GROW UP!

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Posted by reduniinla7
February 17, 2010, 2:02PM

Who are you to make such a comment about Brandon Roy's heart?? He's ALL HEART, Futhermucker!!!!

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Posted by bugmaninho
February 17, 2010, 2:17PM

@sux2beyou – are you really a Blazer fan at all? Looking through your posts (SOME of which don’t even use ALL CAPS, which is surprising) it looks like you’re more interested in trying state your moronic case against Brandon Roy. All BRoy has done in Portland is become (a) an All Star (b) one of the best guards in the league and (c) the classy leader every franchise would want for the next ten years. Muscle injuries need time to heal, and clearly more time is needed...taking your idiotic advice would all but ensure he isn’t available in the playoffs. Yes, he went to UW. You should keep your Roy-hate focused on the Duck message boards, where you’ll likely find a captive audience (once things calm down over there). Your “trade Roy” rants are classic. The real Blazer fans are glad he’s here.

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Posted by J-locker10
February 17, 2010, 4:17PM


Why dont you try walking around with a strained hamstring before you question B-Roy's toughness..your fatass probably would be complaining if you have soreness on your finger from pushing the remote controller... Ive seen Broy play since college, I know for a fact hes tough and doing everything he can to play.

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Posted by wyattfnearp
February 17, 2010, 12:56PM

I'd love to have Roy back, but I don't want half of Roy back or "a-step-away-from-season-ending-injury-Roy" back either.

We need Roy on the court when it counts.... The playoffs. It is better to have him on the bench healing now rather than for the playoffs. We are still in the 8th spot and Camby should help us out a bit too.

If it feels great and it is healthy, by all means play. But if it doesn't feel right give it time to heal. I very much appreciate what 'ballafan' wrote about the hamstring injury. It is a nagging injury that needs time to heal. This isn't the sprained ankle that you play through. Playing through this type of injury could really hurt it and cause him to miss the rest of the year.

If he plays and it gets aggravated I wouldn't blame Roy. I appreciate his fire to return. I'd blame the coaches and Jay Jensen. It's time to protect players so we can protect the franchise.

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Posted by 0515dem
February 17, 2010, 12:58PM

STOP THE INSANITY! SIT OUT! it's not like we are winning anything this year anyhow. Come back when you are ready, and/or the training staff 100% clears you to play. This "tough it out" BS is from people who haven't competed at a high level with a pulled hamstring.

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Posted by T-Blaze503
February 17, 2010, 1:02PM

Damn B-Roy.... I know you really want to play but Really.... Even if its going to cost you the rest of the season. Don't Push it... but the blazers are always better when he's on the floor even if he is not 100%. If B-Roy continues to play, i say play him, but play him only partial minutes each game so he is not tearing that hammy up playing a full game. And by the end of the season when the Blazers absolutely know they secured a spot in the play offs, Rest Him for the remainder of the games until the playoffs The opposing teams will have to get ready for the game as if Roy is going to play the whole game and that might throw them off..... Just a thought

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Posted by sux2beyou
February 17, 2010, 1:04PM

What about the fact little B(r)oy signed a max contract in the offseason, and is expected to lead this team? He has sat out for 5+ weeks without much progress. In addition, he said he has played for months with the injury. Why should he stop playing, when he can clearly take the court? I've paid good money to see the Blazers put the best possible product on the court. Management has lived up to their end of the bargain in trading for Camby. Increadible work by KP. Hopefully we can sign him for a few more at the end of the season.

Bottom line is, Roy DOES NEED TO BUCK UP, and be a man.

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Posted by rainman34
February 17, 2010, 1:11PM

The change of attitude seems strange... i think he was upset about his best friend being traded, I'm sure his hammy was tight, but seriously, all the talk about shutting down for the season seemed to come out left field! What all-star says that unless he is being told by doctors he can't play, which last time i checked, that isn't happening.

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Posted by caracicatriz
February 17, 2010, 1:13PM

BRoy - hope you come back strong but if you're gimpin' then leave it alone for a couple more wks. Who cares about now? P-town's only 1.5 games from the 8th to the 4th spot. With the Camby addition, we can easily attain a higher seeding. What Portland needs is a healthy BRoy COME PLAYOFF TIME.

Another word of advice, look at your boy 'Dre Miller and how he takes the off-season OFF. Do yourself and the Blaze some good this summer and chill. Let that leg heal real nice fella so you can fulfill your contract on the court. 10 years + experience of missing a .5 game on average per season speaks for itself.

Steve & Trav - sorry to see you guys go. Love you both and know you'll be missed but this was what the team needed in Marcus. And to all the haters I've spotted on here whinging that "Marcus is too old", "he's hardly done a thing the past couple season" blahblahblah - first, go to the dollar store and buy a clue and second wipe the tears from your eyes with your panties so you can witness some Blazer action come playoff time.

Kendrick - what's up? I've seen you in here barking about.


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Posted by caracicatriz
February 17, 2010, 1:15PM

sorry - 'whining' not 'whinging'

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Posted by blindhammer
February 17, 2010, 1:16PM

I love how half of these posts assume that Brandon Roy reads the comments here.

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Posted by caracicatriz
February 17, 2010, 1:19PM

blindhammer - how do we know YOU'RE not really Brandon Roy, hmm?

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