Brandon Roy taped the hell out of his ankle tonight and James Jones came back after missing a month of bodily healing to drop their rival Lakers. This game was absolutely huge for the young Blazers if they have any hopes of turning this season back around and making a push to the playoffs.
We’ve heard the conspiracy theories about Jones and the winning ways of Portland; well he may have just solidified that one in stone. The Blazers have been awful since he left with a mysteriously injured knee almost 30 days ago. What a welcome back this was for Roy and Jones.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Brandon Roy launched a rally for the Portland Trail Blazers’ final 24 games.
He told his teammates: “Let’s make a push, you guys!”
Portland responded with a 119-111 victory Friday night over the Los Angeles Lakers. Roy had 20 points and a career-high 12 assists after missing the previous two games with a sprained right ankle.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points for Portland, which snapped the Lakers’ 10-game overall winning streak and seven-game streak on the road.
“We were having fun out there,” Roy said, “and hopefully this confidence rolls over to the rest of the season.”
Rest of the AP article here.