PORTLAND, Ore. – There isn’t a better story in the playoffs so far than Portland’s Brandon Roy.
It’s been an unbelievable roller coaster this week for the man whose knees robbed him of the role as the face of the Trail Blazers’ franchise this season.
It’s been extremely difficult for Roy, an All-Star the previous three seasons, to adjust to coming off the Blazers’ bench. He was so frustrated by his diminished role that he admitted he had to fight back tears while sitting on the bench in the first half of Game 2, when he failed to score.
Roy publicly apologized for creating a distraction after the Blazers returned to Portland. After the fans in the Rose Garden showered him with love, Roy responded with two remarkable performances as the Blazers even the series.
It was impressive to see Roy score 16 points during Game 3. It was unbelievable to watch him score 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter of Game 4, putting Portland on his back while the Blazers battled back from a 23-point deficit.
“Honestly, I envisioned a game like this when I first came back from surgery,” said Roy, who had both knees operated on in December and missed two months. “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.”