Brandon Roy opts for surgery, out for first round

Brandon Roy will undergo knee surgery and miss the series, but don't expect the Suns to miss B-Roy very much. (Alan Walsh/ValleyoftheSuns)

Brandon Roy will undergo knee surgery and miss the series, but don't expect the Suns to miss B-Roy very much. (Alan Walsh/ValleyoftheSuns)

Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy will undergo surgery Friday to repair the partially torn meniscus in his right knee, sidelining him for the first-round series against the Phoenix Suns, according to the team website. Roy suffered the injury in the second quarter of a 91-88 victory over the Lakers on Sunday.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” Roy said in 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.”

Roy averaged 21.5 points, 4.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game in 65 games this season. The 6-foot-6 guard out of the University of Washington was even more productive against Phoenix, posting 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two games.

In fact, Roy’s success against Phoenix dates back to last season. In four games against the Suns last year he averaged a ridiculous 31.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game, including a 52-point outburst in a win over the Suns on Dec. 18, 2008.

“This is a setback, but we’ve been overcoming injuries all season long,” said Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard. “This is about looking long term and doing what’s best for Brandon.”

This obviously changes the entire complexion of the series. Roy is clearly Portland’s go-to guy and franchise player, and without him the Trail Blazers’ already mediocre offense becomes that much worse. Portland is 8-9 on the season without its do-it-all guard, but was able to capture wins against Phoenix, Orlando, Dallas, San Antonio and Oklahoma City in his absence.

Portland has dealt with injuries all season long, most notably the loss of former No. 1 pick Greg Oden, but Roy is irreplaceable. He is the face of Nate McMillan’s system and without him, it is hard to believe the Trail Blazers can keep up with Phoenix’s uber-efficient offense in a seven-game series.

  • Ty

    The Suns are cruising… The Blazers have gone through too many injuries and roster changes to deal with this blow. Suns in 5. Bring on the Spurs!

  • Brian

    I'm thinking this now makes Suns in 4 a very real possibility.

    Even though Portland beat us once without Roy, the Suns no longer come close to resembling the team that lost that game.

  • Leif

    As a loyal suns fan, it is a very good news. But the fact that Portland is one of the hottest team in the league(aside from Phoenix who's definitely the hottest) since the All-Star break, they should not under-estimate the injury depleted Trailblazers. They know how to play the Suns' game. And it will be hard for Phoenix to match them.

    Anyways, Phoenix will take it in 5 games.

    And for Brandon Roy, get well soon. See you next season.

  • Artur Mascarenhas

    I believe it wont be this piece of cake everybody is writing around the net.

    The Blazers have a quality team, a harsh style, a great coach and great fans to push the team on their home.

    Of course, I still think the Suns will win, 4-2, with a few close games.

  • King Fahd

    I agree with Artur that, despite No Roy (and maybe Aldridge), this series will not be that easy. Portland has learned to win without their star players this season. Suns in 6 for me as well.

    Also to note, I think the Suns' success in this year's playoff will be determined by how J-Rich and Barbosa play.

  • Lance

    Well as a Suns fan stuck in Oregon I have watched my fair share of Blazer games, and I have to say that Brandon Roy is defiantly a big part of their success, but they defiantly do know how to win without him, so the Suns can’t underestimate the Blazers, unless they want to loose in the first round.

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