Trail Blazers and Brandon Roy can only wait, hope

Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy speaks with reporters before their NBA basketball game with the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday in Portland. Roy has a torn meniscus in his right knee.<br><i>Associated Press</i>

PORTLAND - The night after Brandon Roy felt something in his knee go wrong he couldn't sleep, thoughts of 'what if?' tumbling though his mind. Maybe it wasn't so bad.

But the next afternoon he got the news, and it wasn't good. He had torn the meniscus in his right knee - just as the playoffs loomed for the Portland Trail Blazers.

And for Roy, the consummate team player, it got even worse.

"It's tough. Especially being around my teammates, who are all like 'When are you coming back? You gonna play Wednesday?" It's hard to tell them that I don't know when I'm going to play again as far as this season," Roy said.

"It's difficult," he added. "It's really difficult."

Roy injured his knee in Portland's 91-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. The tear was discovered on Monday and that night he sat out of Portland's 103-95 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He'll also miss the regular-season finale against the Warriors tonight.

After that, it's anybody's guess.

Roy will rest and ice his knee for the next several days. He'll be reevaluated on Friday for his availability during the playoffs.

"Now, it's just a matter of if I can play, then I'll play as long as I can, and as long as we can as a team," he said. "And (I'll) have the surgery when the season is over. That's best case scenario for me, play as long as I can until the season is over."

What is certain is that Roy will need surgery, and he's been told the recovery time will be four to six weeks. Doctors say that he cannot damage the knee any further if he is able to play on it.

With the victory over the Thunder, the Blazers avoided the eighth seed in the Western Conference, meaning they won't face the defending champion Lakers in the first round. Portland won't know its seeding or opponent until tonight.

There are those who believe it's impressive the Blazers even reached the playoffs - not to mention 50 wins - given the injuries that have befallen the team.

Portland embarked on the season without starting forward Nicolas Batum, one of the team's best defenders, who injured his shoulder during camp and required surgery. Then came center Greg Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, who mangled his left knee in early December and was out for the season after surgery.


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