Blazers guard Brandon Roy has a torn meniscus
Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy has a torn meniscus in his right knee and his status for the playoffs is uncertain.
The three-time All-Star will miss Monday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Wednesday’s regular season finale against Golden State on Wednesday night.
He will require surgery and will be out from four to six weeks. But he said he may try to play with the injury in the playoffs because doctors told him it cannot get worse.
“I want to play,” Roy said. “It’s the playoffs. You play 82 games and take a beating just to get to this point.”
Roy is the Blazers’ leading scorer with 21.5 points per game. He injured his knee on Sunday, 11 minutes into the Blazers 91-88 victory at the Los Angeles Lakers.
“The minute it happened I knew something wasn’t right,” said Roy, who also tore his meniscus when he played at the University of Washington.
The Blazers have clinched a spot in the playoffs, but their opponent for the first round has yet to be determined.
Roy said doctors play to reevaluate his knee on Friday. He said that if he is able to play, he doesn’t want to be a distraction for his team.
Thirteen different Blazers have missed a combined 305 games because of injuries this season, second in the league only to the Warriors and the most of any playoff-bound team.
UCLA ranked No. 1 in baseball
UCLA’s baseball team is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time since 1997. The Bruins took over the top spot in rankings by Baseball America and Rivals.com even though they split four games last week. UCLA is 25-3 overall, 4-2 in Pacific 10 Conference games.
Ratings on CBS for the final round of the Masters on Sunday, when Phil Mickelson held off Lee Westwood and posted a three-stroke victory, were the third-highest for a Masters Sunday since ratings were kept, according to CBS and the Nielsen Ratings Service.
Sunday’s final round, in which Tiger Woods made a brief run at the lead before falling away, had a 12.0 rating and a 25 share and was 36% above last year’s final Sunday, when Angel Cabrera won in a two-hole playoff.
Senior guard Michael Roll received the Coach John Wooden Award as most valuable player on the UCLA basketball team at a ceremony at the Hyatt Century Plaza.
UCLA’s top-ranked women’s gymnastics team has been matched with Oklahoma, Utah, Oregon State, Louisiana State and Nebraska in the afternoon session of the NCAA championship preliminaries on April 22 at Gainesville, Fla.
No. 2 Florida and No. 3 Alabama are in the evening session along with Stanford, Arkansas, Missouri and Michigan. The top three teams from each session advance to the Super Six Team Finals on April 23.
The Watts Summer Games, a sports competition among high school athletes held each summer since 1968, has been canceled this year because of a shortage of funding. The Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the event, said in a news release that it expected the games to return in 2011.