Wolves Guard Brandon Roy Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery
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Shooting guard Brandon Roy underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday, the team announced at the conclusion of the procedure.
The surgery was performed by team Dr. David Fischer at the TRIA Orthopedic Center in Bloomington. According to the team’s release, Roy is expected to miss approximately one month.
This is not the way neither the Timberwolves nor Roy hoped his comeback attempt would pan out, but with Roy sidelined since Nov. 9 against Indiana it was an option the sixth-year guard wanted to pursue.
“I think he feels like it’s worth doing,” coach Rick Adelman said. “Making sure everything’s all right, so you have to just go with it and hopefully when it’s over with he’ll be able to come back.”
Roy returned this offseason after missing the entire 2011-12 campaign due to continuous knee problems. But he was confident in the offseason in making his return, and during the exhibition schedule he shot 43.8 percent from the floor and collected 19 points against Maccabi Bazan Haifa—his highest-scoring output of the preseason.
In five games during the regular season, he’s averaging 5.8 points and led the team with 4.6 assists per game.
President of Basketball Operations David Kahn said in a statement that Roy has been experiencing pain in his knee since Oct. 26, when he banged knees with a Milwaukee Bucks player in the preseason.
“The pain became more pronounced on Nov. 9 during our game against Indiana,” Kahn said in the release. “We fully support Brandon’s decision to have today’s arthroscopic procedure, and look forward to his return when he feels ready to play.”
The news ensures that the Timberwolves will continue to have a short-handed back court in the meantime, with point guard JJ Barea also currently sidelined with a left mid-foot sprain. He’s day-to-day but has not participated in scrimmages since injuring his foot Nov. 7 against Orlando.
Part of the solution is newly-acquired forward/guard Josh Howard, who can slide into the 2 spot if need be. The Wolves also have Alexey Shved, Malcolm Lee and Luke Ridnour in their back court.
Adelman said even though the team has shuffled players, his guys have adjusted each time.
“These guys have been very good,” Adelman said. “You couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to go through this. They’re busting their tails, they don’t put their heads down. They just try to do what’s right. It’s hard though, because you have a plan, and you’re just adjusting all the time and you can’t play the same way.”
Howard said he’s willing and able to fill in where the team needs, though he said it comes at a cost.
“I wish Brandon a speedy recovery and hope he gets back soon,” Howard said. “Until then I’ll hold the fort down for him.”
Preparing for Denver
In preparing for Wednesday’s matchup with Denver—the team’s final home game before a four-game West Coast road trip—the Wolves are looking to tune up a defense that started the season well but has slipped in its back-to-back losses to Charlotte and Golden State.
“We’re really just trying to focus on our team and get better defensively,” point guard Luke Ridnour said. “The last couple games we kind of slipped away from that. We can’t worry about guys coming in and out; we just have to focus on what we have now. And we have to get back to what made us good.”
The Wolves were outscored in the paint 58-22 during Friday night’s loss against Golden State; this was their third game without their starting center Nikola Pekovic, who has been sitting out with an ankle sprain.
Center Nikola Pekovic is expected back Wednesday and Adelman said he is unsure what the timetable is on Barea, but regardless of who is available the team needs to win games. Ridnour said the Western Conference is tough from top to bottom and the team can’t afford to lose consecutive games at home like it did against Charlotte and Golden State last week. Injuries are no excuse, but the team is looking to keep afloat until the rest of their team returns.
“We know when we get these other guys back, we’re going to be better,” Adelman said. “But in this league, you never know. That’s why it’s important to keep winning games; you don’t get yourself in the position where you get buried a little bit.”
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