The three-time All-Star has already been ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as Wednesday’s regular season finale against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
Roy will need surgery and is expected to miss anywhere from 4-6 weeks. However, there remains the chance that Roy plays with the injury and puts off surgery, as doctors have reportedly told him that he cannot further damage the meniscus.
“I want to play,” Roy said. “It’s the playoffs. You play 82 games and take a beating just to get to this point.”
Roy is expected to get a second (and possibly even a third) opinion on his knee, and if the reports are conflicting, he’s expected to opt for the surgery.
The star Portland guard will take the week off and rest, while seeking further advice and consultation, and is expected to make a decision on his status by the end of the week.
Roy’s injury comes at the worst possible time, but the fact that it’s happening only makes sense for a team that has had it’s players combine for a total of 305 missed games due to injury.
Centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla were knocked out for the season earlier in the year, forcing Portland to swing a trade for center Marcus Camby.
If Roy were to miss any amount (or all) of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, Rudy Fernandez would be the first guy to see extended minutes, and could even be inserted into the starting line-up.
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