Big Loss in a Big Win
Mike Barrett's Blog
On a night when we were searching for comfort, and deserved it, Brandon Roy exploded in the fourth quarter, hit the game-winning shot with 3 seconds left, and the Blazers defeated the Houston Rockets 90-89. If only that were the end of the story.
With 7:45 left in the first quarter, Greg Oden moved across the lane and attempted to block an Aaron Brooks shot attempt. When he was the air, he coiled up his left leg and hit the floor in pain- the kind of reaction that caused Houston's trainer to rush on to the court, simply because he was closer. The kind of reaction we were hoping we'd never see.
After Oden was taken from the court on a stretcher, we received news that he'd suffered a fractured patella. You could see the knee cap was out of place immediately following the play, so the x-rays simply confirmed what we had feared. Surgery will be necessary, and Oden could be gone for the season. The official release says "likely gone for the season," but it's okay to hold out hope.
When Roy moved to Oden's side, Brandon said the first thing Greg said was "I'm sorry." If you know anything about Greg, that shouldn't surprise you. It was also the first thing he said to general manager Kevin Pritchard after coming out of surgery in the fall of 2007.
As Oden was taken down the tunnel to the locker room he asked team chaplain Al Egg to pray with him. And, as Oden was wheeled up for x-rays, he demanded they turn the game on the TV because he didn't want to miss a minute.
We can sit here and feel sorry for ourselves as Blazer fans, but all I could think about at that moment the injury happened was how badly I felt for Greg. He had battled so hard to get to where he was, and now he faces another fight. And, as bad as we all feel for what happened, it doesn't come close to how he's feeling. It certainly changes things, but Oden will be back. And, maybe I'm being unrealistic, but it wouldn't shock me to see him playing again this season. It's just a feeling.
Here's something he knows, and his teammates certainly know- this stuff isn't fair sometimes, and no one feels sorry for you in this league. Oden's injury is just the latest what has been an extremely odd start to the season for this team.
It started with Patty Mills breaking his foot in the first practice before summer league. Then there was Nicolas Batum's shoulder injury. Jeff Pendergraph injured his hip and required surgery after summer league. Travis Outlaw then broke his foot. Friday, Nate McMillan ruptured his Achilles tendon trying to practice with the team. Rudy Fernandez has had his back problems flare up again, and may not make the road trip. LaMarcus Aldridge, who sat out of Tuesday's game, was a game-time decision for this game against Houston. Dante Cunningham nearly broke his eye socket in a head-to-head collision with Martell Webster on Friday. Now Oden. Dare we ask what's next? And, I didn't even mention the fact that Maurice Lucas had his cancer come back, and owner Paul Allen is currently in a fight with lymphoma (of course, those last two are far more serious than a knee injury, and probably shouldn't even be included on this list).
On Saturday, the Trail Blazers showed a lot of what they'll need to keep them afloat during this strange time- perseverance, and resiliency. They fought from 12 down to defeat the Rockets on Roy's scoop shot in the lane. Houston's Brooks had one last chance, but Steve Blake got his hand on the ball and forced the miss at the buzzer.
Perhaps the positive in all of this is that we saw a re-emergence of Brandon in the fourth quarter. He scored Portland's final 10 points, and ended with 28. Andre Miller scored 16 points in the third quarter, to keep the Blazers in the game, and finished with 24. Most importantly, the Blazers won a close game, something they hadn't yet done this season.
Sunday we'll fly to New York, and Monday night open a four-game road trip against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. That's followed by a game against the Pacers in Indiana, and games against the Cavs in Cleveland, and the Bucks in Milwaukee.
it didn't even look like anything, brooks may have bumped him a little but that happens on every drive, i gues he just landed weird
His patella broke from the force of his quadriceps contracting against his own weight and leverage. The only other way a fractured patella can happen is from banging it against something, which didn't happen. It's really unfortunate, but he'll bounce back. I'm just hoping that there's no tendon/ligament damage due to the patella moving out of place. I also hope the fracture isn't too severe. He MAY be able to return during the playoffs, but a lot would have to go right for that to happen. He'd have to have a lot of luck, which just hasn't been the case so far in his career.
The good thing is he'll be able to put weight on it, etc after the surgery and will be able to begin strengthening excercises as soon as possible. He should be able to do range of motion excerices within 4-6 weeks. Let's just hope everything goes right for him. The main thing is strengthening the muscles around the knee, especially the quadriceps.
Yea. One is, but I don't think it's significant. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with his knee injuries. I think he wears a special shoe sole to offset that.
I wonder how fast he grew when he was younger. That could have something to do with it. It could also be his diet, how he eats, etc. Usually you can prevent those types of injuries by getting your protein, calcium, etc. Maybe certain muscles surrounding his knees aren't as strong as they should be. Muscles are important because they pad your bones. Idk... It's confusing.