Injuries force Brandon Roy to limit self

Updated: November 10, 2010, 1:32 AM ET news services

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy said Tuesday that he will have to reduce his playing time, the result of several injuries, The Oregonian reported.

Roy has averaged 20.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and three assists a night while averaging almost 39 minutes a game this season for the Blazers (5-3).


In April, Roy underwent surgery on his right knee, but was able to play eight days later in the playoffs against the Phoenix Suns.

"Does it concern me? Yeah," Roy told The Oregonian following Tuesday's shootaround. "I would love to play more minutes and have a much better body, but it's just not the case, so I have to try and make the most of what it is. I had a phone call yesterday and in talking to a few people, it is somewhat of a reality check. This is what it is, and now you have to make the most of it."

Coach Nate McMillan told The Oregonian he will try to limit Roy's minutes, but noted that an injury to forward Rudy Fernandez led to increased time for Roy.

Roy said the past week was especially tough on him because the Blazers played five games in seven nights, including three on the road.

"I have to try and preserve as much as I can," Roy told the Oregonian. "The biggest thing is if we can limit the minutes, I can be more explosive instead of trying to run along for 40 minutes. That's maybe just too much time."

Roy said his surgically repaired right knee may not be bothering him, but it's also not in top shape.

"The knee is kind of what it is," Roy told the newspaper. "I've been doing things off the court to strengthen it and I continue to work with [trainer] Jay [Jensen] and those guys, and we are still trying to figure out an answer for it."

"I hope it will get better if the minutes go down,'' Roy said. "That's the plan: Get the minutes down, hopefully be more explosive, and everything works out."