PORTLAND, Ore. – The Blazers will play in front of their home crowd on Thursday, but they have a deep hole to climb out of if they want to advance in the NBA playoffs.
The team is looking for answers after dropping their first two games against Dallas. Brandon Roy said he felt let down after playing only about seven minutes in game two.
Roy told The Oregonian newspaper that he always thought he would be treated better than that.
On Wednesday, head coach Nate McMillan made it clear he didn’t mean to disrespect the three-time all-star, he just did what he felt was best for the team.
Roy didn’t score a single point in game two and it’s obvious he hasn’t been the same player since returning from double knee surgery. Despite that, McMillan said the decision to bench Roy was a tough one.
“There’s nobody in this state, including Brandon, that doesn’t want Brandon on the floor as much as I do. The bottom line is, making decisions on substitutions, it’s going to be me making those decisions as far as what’s best for the team,” he said.
The Blazers didn’t have an official practice Thursday, so Roy was not available for comment.
Game 3 of the series versus Dallas will be played on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Watch Nate McMIllan's full interview on Wednesday: