Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Brandon Roy 'hurt' by not playing
By Tim MacMahon ESPNDallas.com
DALLAS -- Brandon Roy, considered the face of the Portland Trail Blazers' franchise entering the season, fought back tears while sitting on the bench Tuesday night.
The source of the three-time All-Star's frustration wasn't the Blazers losing Game 2 to trail the Dallas Mavericks 2-0 as the series heads to Portland. Roy was upset about playing time in the first half, during which the Blazers led for all but 36 seconds.
Roy, who is adjusting to a reserve role after returning from midseason surgeries on both knees that caused him to miss two months, told The Oregonian that he "always thought I would be treated a little better" after playing only eight minutes in Portland's Game 2 loss.
He was upset that Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez and even little-used point guard Patty Mills got off the bench before him.
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"There was a point in the first half, and I was thinking, 'You better not cry,' " Roy, one of the first players to leave the locker room, told the newspaper in the American Airlines Center hallway. "I mean, serious. I mean, there was a moment where I felt really sorry for myself. Then I was like, nah, you can't be sorry for yourself. I'm a grown man, but there was a moment there that I felt sorry for myself. Especially when I think I can still help."
In Portland's Game 1 loss, Roy played 26 ineffective minutes, scoring two points on 1-of-7 shooting. He had three assists and two rebounds in that game.
Roy went scoreless in Game 2, when the Blazers' bench failed to score a point in the second half, during which Roy played only 2 minutes, 17 seconds. The only statistics recorded by Roy, who insists that his knees feel fine, were one missed field goal, two missed free throws and a turnover.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little hurt, or disappointed," Roy told The Oregonian. "But the biggest thing is to keep moving, to try and keep my spirits up. But it's tough, man. I just ... I just always thought I would be treated better. That was a little disappointing for me."
Portland entered the series planning to utilize Roy as a post-up weapon against Dallas sixth man Jason Terry, who gives up about four inches and 35 pounds to the 6-foot-6, 211-pound Roy. That had been effective for Portland during their two regular-season wins over the Mavericks.
Roy had a post-operations-best 21 points in the Blazers' March 15 win over Dallas. Portland had great success running its offense through Roy during its April 3 win over the Mavericks, when he didn't post impressive statistics but played a major role in the Blazers' 38-point second quarter.
"You take advantage of the defense," Portland coach Nate McMillan said before Game 2. "If we have a matchup, we want to go to that matchup. Then that matchup has to produce."
Terry, who is friends with fellow Seattle native Roy, downplayed the defensive success he has had against Roy. Terry pointed out that Roy's minutes were greatly reduced and said he remains a major concern for the Mavs.
"He's so dangerous," Terry said. "We definitely don't want to get him going."
Roy just hopes he gets more of a chance to affect the series, although he said he had no plans to approach McMillan about the issue.
"I think my nature I've never been one to confront. Never been the one to create controversy," Roy told The Oregonian. "I think Coach is comfortable with his guys and it's hard for him to get me back in there. If that's what he is comfortable with, then I'm going to try and support the team. And if he can get us past [the first round], then he can. I just always thought I would be treated a little better, but ... it is what it is. I'll be all right. I'll go home, see my kids, and be happy."
Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.