Blazers' Brandon Roy says he will try to play Friday against Boston Celtics
February 17, 2010, 11:58AM
Trail 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.