Emotionally, Brandon Roy Makes The Difference

April 25th, 2010 by Pete Treperinas Leave a reply »
The Portland Trail Blazers looked done.

Prior to Saturday's victory, Portland had lost two in a row to a hot Phoenix Suns squad that didn't look like it would be letting up at all in Game Four. 

Then something big happened.

The star and leader of the Blazers, Brandon Roy, made a shocking return just eight days after arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. 

It was apparent before the beginning of the series that it would take nothing short of an all-around team effort to knock off Phoenix without Roy. Embracing this role, the Blazers got away with a win in Game One thanks to the heroics of Andre Miller who dropped 31. LaMarcus Aldridge has also become a top scoring option for Portland in Roy's absence. 

It didn't matter how well these role players performed though, because without Roy on the court, the Blazers were missing a leader. He had been injured a few times this year, and you could see it in the way the team played without him that he was imperative to their success. 

Even in his return, Roy scored only 10 points. But would Portland be tied up 2-2 in the series without the ...

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