Game 4: Blazers 96, Suns 87

April 25th, 2010 by Busta Bucket Leave a reply »

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Sometimes there are moments surrounding a game that create momentum shifts nobody thought was possible. Yesterday in Portland that moment was the collective realization by fans that Brandon Roy would indeed play in Game 4.

Once fans and teammates realized this, everything changed. The Suns coaches and players had to reevaluate their game plan, while Blazer players instantly felt a confidence boost.

The Rose Garden faithful went from angry, short-fused patrons back to the best fans in the NBA.

I arrived at the arena fairly early and started hearing whispers about Roy playing.

The radio station announced it, but to many of us, it seemed pretty unlikely. Once the Blazer players came out for introductions and everyone saw Roy dressed to play, it was on.

Roy didn't start, but in the first quarter, you could already see the effect he had.

Portland was down 17-10 when Portland coach Nate McMillan called on Roy to play.

From the time he stood up to check-in the game, Portland went on an 8-0 run. Basically, as so ...

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