Roy out for 2 final games of season

Roy out for 2 final games of season

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by Teresa Blackman and KGW.com staff

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Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 12 at 6:42 PM

PORTLAND -- Brandon Roy, the Blazers' leading scorer this season, was sidelined during the second half of Sunday's night's game against the Lakers with a knee injury.

Head Coach Nate McMillan announced Monday that Roy had a "knee contusion" and would have to sit out the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Officials said Monday further evaluation of MRI of Roy's right knee reveals a "slight meniscus tear" and that he would be out for final two regular season games.

More: Coach talks about Roy's injury

Roy averages 21.8 points per game and some fear that the team won't be able to beat the Thunder without him.

However, McMillan said he was confident that the team will be fine.  He reminded fans and the media that injuries have sidelined several star players throughout this season and the team still managed to make it to the playoffs. 

"This team has been faced with this all year long and they’ve been able to respond all to situations like that. It’s no different tonight,” McMillan said.

The Blazers listed Roy's condition as "day-to-day."

He played 11 minutes in the first half against the Lakers before his knee was hurt. Roy had also struggled with a sore back in recent days, missing practice to rest up.

Even without Roy for half of the game, the Blazers (49-31) snapped a five-game road losing streak against the top-seeded Lakers (56-24) while tying San Antonio with two games to play, but only after a "dramedy" of errors in the final minutes.

More: Blazers hold off Lakers, improve playoff spot

Now the question looming was whether the Blazers will have to face the Lakers again in their first round of the playoffs.  If the Blazers win Monday night without Roy, that will gaurantee tehm better than the 8th seed - and a break from the Lakers.

If they lose, they could be forced to take on their big rival in the opening playoff round.

The Blazers will play their last game of the season at home on Wednesday, against the Golden State Warriors.

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