The Portland Trail Blazers and Rose Garden denizens had seen it before from Brandon Roy.
But it had been awhile.
When the three-time All-Star rescued his team in a nothing-but-miraculous 84-82 come-from-behind victory over the Mavericks on Saturday, everyone was surprised — and no one more than Roy.
"It still doesn't feel real yet," Roy said after scoring 18 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner with 39.2 seconds left. "Just an unbelievable game, the comeback. An incredible game to be a part of."
It has been a difficult season for Roy, who had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in January and has been relegated to a reserve role since his return.
The 6-5 shooting guard played poorly in the first two games of the first-round playoff series, scoring a combined two points on 1-for-8 shooting and seeing only eight minutes of action in Game 2. He was a major factor in Portland's win in Game 3 with 16 points and four assists, but he was "The Man" again for the Blazers in the clutch as they squared the series at 2-2 Saturday.
"With everything I've been through this season, it all came into that moment there on the court, when guys were grabbing me and cheering me on," Roy said. "It was real special."
Portland's Brandon Roy is once again 'The Man'
Dallas Morning News | Apr 24