John Hollinger on Brandon Roy
We've had an unusual amount of drama in the first round of the playoffs already, and with the West's top three seeds on the ropes, we may be headed for considerably more.
But without a doubt, the most dramatic of the dramatic came Saturday in Portland, when Brandon Roy exploded for 21 points and five assists in the final 13 minutes to lead the Trail Blazers to an improbable comeback from 23 points down to tie the Portland-Dallas series at two games apiece. Anytime you see a player weeping on the court after a win, you know something pretty special happened.
Throw in a roaring Portland crowd, the backstories of both Roy and the Mavericks, TNT's Kevin McHale announcing the game while praying nobody mentioned the Roy-Randy Foye trade, and the fact that the Blazers were pretty much toast if they lost the game and went down 3-1, and it was one of the most amazing moments in recent playoff history … so amazing it even had the normally half-comatose Andre Miller jumping up and down like Ronny Turiaf to egg on the crowd.