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Это — об этой игре, на которую Брэндон Рой вышел играть через 8 дней после операции на колене.

На английском, поэтому, все убираю под “кат”.

PORTLAND ( exclusive) — Brandon Roy provided the emotional lift and some clutch plays in the end.

LaMarcus Aldridge came up big all game long.

And the Portland Trail Blazers are very much alive in their first-round playoff series with the Phoenix Suns.

Eight days after arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, Roy came off the bench to help the Blazers to a 96-87 victory over the Suns, evening the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Aldridge maligned for his ineffective play in the first three games responded with his best career playoff performance, collecting 31 points and 11 rebounds.

Roy’s return energized the sellout Rose Garden crowd of 20,151 and his teammates, who were buoyed by the presence of their captain.

“Having Brandon back helps tremendously,” Aldridge said. The Suns “can’t do some of the things they did to us early (in the series) with Brandon out there.”

The decision to bring Roy back so soon after his April 16 surgery was made “after a long, sleepless night,” Portland coach Nate McMillan said.

It was initially announced the three-time All-Star would be out one to two weeks, and that he would definitely miss the Phoenix series. But Roy’s knee felt good right away, and the timetable “just kept moving up,” McMillan said. “We talked about if we could get the series to a sixth game, possibly. Then up to possibly (Game 5).”

After a light 2-on-2 workout with teammates on Friday, Roy was convinced he was healthy enough to play, “but Coach (McMillan) really didn’t want me to play,” Roy said. “He was thinking long-term.”

After a series of text messages between coach and player Friday night, McMillan consulted owner Paul Allen and general manager Kevin Pritchard. After assurances from team doctor Don Roberts who performed the surgery that Roy wasn’t risking further injury by playing, McMillan gave him the green light.

When Roy entered Saturday’s game with 4:06 left and Portland ahead 18-17, the ensuing thunderous roar was deafening in the Garden.

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