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Quick: Roy Wants to Play

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Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports... ------------------ Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy said he will try to play Friday against Boston despite his sore right hamstring. ------------------ Click through above for the full story from practice this morning. Roy's current plan represents a 180 degree shift from statements he made last night. Even if you chalk up the magnitude of Roy's statements last night to frustration at not being able to play or pain/anger at the team's trading of Travis Outlaw, there are some serious questions to ask here. Roy very clearly understands the limitations that his hamstring injury places on his ability to move freely and play. He has stated very clearly that he feels as if he is always one play away from re-aggravating the injury again and costing himself another month. He has said that he cannot play on his hamstring for extended periods of time or for multiple days in a row because it will tighten up. He has concluded that nothing but time will help him feel better. So how does he reach the conclusion that practicing tomorrow and playing Friday is advisable? How or why is that decision being co-signed by anyone? This is a prototypical risk/reward situation. The risks far, far outweigh the potential rewards. The coaching staff watched the tape from last night and saw him dragging his leg around for the first two quarters, right? Here's more on Roy's statements this morning from Brian T. Smith. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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