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CHICAGO -- Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy will not play against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday and is considered day-to-day due to a sore right knee, according to Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman.
Roy left Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers at halftime due to the knee soreness. He was 3-of-5 shooting with six points, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 15 minutes before departing the game. He is averaging 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 24.4 minutes in five games this season.
Roy, a former all-star, sat out last season after deciding to retire from basketball in December of 2011 because of continuous troubles with both of his knees. He decided in July of 2012 to attempt a comeback with the Timberwolves.
Adelman said prior to Saturday’s game he was unsure if Roy would be sidelined for a long length of time.
“I have no idea,” Adelman said. “It’s just the soreness, and it’s best not to try tonight. Just take it day by day. He bumped it a few weeks ago. It’s the same knee. You know the guys that have had the knee problems he’s had or anybody who had knee problems, you’re going to have things where you step back a little bit. So I’m not going to be overly concerned right now.
“We knew it could be a situation where he wouldn’t be playing (at times this season). But we didn’t know when it was. We just had to go and try to play him and take it day by day and see how he’s responded. So far since the start of training camp he’s been pretty good. Hopefully, it’s just a minor setback. I certainly expected him not to go all the way through the whole time (this season).”
Chase Budinger will start for Roy on Saturday. Budinger had a team-high 18 points in the Timberwolves’ 96-94 win over the Pacers on Friday.
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