As everyone probably knows by now, Brandon Roy had an amazing game. He scored from every angle and made shots in the clutch. However, while many writers will focus on how superhuman Brandon Roy in the closing minutes of the game, this game was really about was how human Brandon Roy was. His humanity truly defined this game.
Four months ago, Brandon Roy was probably going through the worst phase in his basketball career. After having knee surgery, Brandon Roy went under the knife again to have double knee surgery. The doctors said he would be "pain-free," but didn't know how long his rehab would take. Even Brandon Roy wondered whether he would ever play basketball again. When he finally came back, Brandon Roy looked like a shadow of his former self. LaMarcus Aldridge was now the main scorer for the Blazers. It was at this time that Brandon Roy could not have looked more human.
Fans usually treat their superstars as some sort of superhero, able to do things that normal humans cannot. What Brandon Roy went through, however, humanized him. He was not an indestructible force, a being that was able to will himself through any pain or injury It was incredibly sad to see him sit at the end of the bench during crunch time, watching his teammate do what his other teammates did. Brandon Roy was a human, just like the rest of us, broken down by forces beyond his control.
It was at this point when Brandon Roy acted like all humans would do in this situation - he lashed out. He blamed his teammates, he blamed his coach, and he blamed everyone he could think of. It was a deep, dark hole of denial and anger, and it didn't look like he could escape from it. However, after the comments, something inside his brain clicked, and he did something that you do not see athletes regularly do. Brandon Roy publicly apologized, and accepted his role on the bench. He finally understood the difference between what he could control and what he could not control. He couldn't do anything about his aching knees. He could control what he did on the court. Brandon Roy understood that nothing would be given to him anymore: he would have to earn his minutes, earn his teammates' trust, and earn other players' respect through his play. And that was exactly what he was going to do.
This is what Game Four was about. It was about a human, struck down by forces beyond his control, lashing out at others and making mistakes. It was about a human learning from these mistakes, apologizing, and focusing all his anger and frustration on improving himself. It was about a human overcoming those forces that struck him down, regaining his former glory and showing us that perhaps we shouldn't be so cynical about life. Showing us that it takes real humility to apologize and swallow your pride. Showing us that we still have control over our own lives, and that even the greatest odds can be overcome.
That is what Game Four was about.