By Bryan Cross
Portland Trailblazer All-Star point guard Brandon Roy has elected to undergo surgery to repair his knee. He will have the procedure on Friday and will miss the entire first round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns.
Roy has shined for the No.6 seed Trailblazers, who won 50 games this season. Roy averaged 21.5 points on the season, which will be hard to duplicate for the team against the Suns.
Roy endured the injury in a game against the defending champion L.A Lakers last Sunday, in which Portland won 91-88.
At first, Roy intended to try and get through the playoffs on the injured knee, but quickly realized that the injury needed to be taken care of sooner rather than later.
“This was not an easy decision to make,” Roy remarked by way of a statement. “But, if I’m going to be out there, I want to be contributing. If we’re fortunate enough to advance in the playoffs, having the surgery now gives me the best opportunity to help our team.”
Such a surgery requires a minimum of four weeks recovery time, with the Suns series beginning this week.
The injury to Roy is the latest in a string that has plagued Portland throughout the course of the year. Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla suffered season-ending injuries, while Nicola Batum missed the first part of the year and Rudy Fernandez missed several games in the middle of the season.
In total 13 players on the team missed a combined 311 games during the season. Only two players on the roster competed in each of the 82 regular season games, Andre Miller and Martell Webster.
“At the end of the day you still have to go out and play,” Webster stated. “We’re going to rally together and play the game.”
Against Phoenix in the regular season, Portland won the series 2-1.
Head coach Nate McMillan did not hold practice on Thursday, giving the team the day off.
“This is a setback, but we’ve been overcoming injuries all season long,” remarked Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard. “This is about looking long-term and doing what’s best for Brandon.”
Portland lost in the first round of the playoffs last season to Houston, 4-2, and will look to improve on that this season.
Online Sportsbooks have installed the Trailblazers at 55/1 odds to win the 2010 NBA Playoffs.