The Return of Brandon Roy

It’s been a rough year for the 2006-2007 NBA Rookie of The Year. After knee-surgery, Roy appeared to have lost the magic that made him a three-time All-Star. After struggling in the first two games of the series, Roy was frustrated and made sure he let everyone know it. When you go from the All-Star game to playing only 8 minutes and playoff game, that’s understandable. Last night, Roy responded in the best way possible: leading the Blazers to one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history. After missing their first 15 shots after halftime, Portland found themselves trailing 67-44 in the third quarter. Something inside of Brandon Roy snapped (ll), causing him to put the team on the back. Portland shot 75% from the field in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Mavericks by 20 points. Roy dropped 18 in the fourth quarter himself, scoring or assisting on 14 of Portland’s final 17 field goals. He was responsible for 33 of their final 43 points, despite not hitting his first field goal until the third quarter. With just under 40 seconds left in the game, Roy banked the go-ahead basket that would eventually give the Blazers an 84-82 win over the Mavericks and even the series. When it was all said and done, he finished with 24 points and 5 assists in 24 minutes.

Instant playoff memory, folks.

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