Brandon Roy's balky right knee put him back on the operating table Monday, an ominous sign for the ex-Washington Husky trying to come back from years of chronic knee issues.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Brandon Roy’s balky right knee put him back on the operating table Monday, an ominous sign for the former Washington Husky who is trying to come back from years of chronic knee issues.

The latest setback doesn’t appear to have dashed those hopes completely for the Minnesota player.

Roy, 28, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee at a Twin Cities clinic, a procedure Timberwolves officials said would keep him out approximately one month.

“We fully support Brandon’s decision to have today’s arthroscopic procedure, and look forward to his return when he feels ready to play,” team president David Kahn said in a statement.

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Kahn’s statement seems to imply Roy will attempt to rejoin the team at some point to try playing again.

Roy, a former All-Star with the Portland Trail Blazers, expected to retire before last season because of bone-on-bone pain in both knees.

The graduate of Garfield High in Seattle felt rejuvenated after getting some injections in the offseason to try to minimize the pain, so much that he decided to give the NBA another try. After several workouts, Roy signed a two-year deal with the Timberwolves, who desperately needed a veteran playmaker at shooting guard.

Roy had an encouraging training camp, but was slowed after collisions in an Oct. 26 exhibition against Milwaukee and a Nov. 9 game against Indiana. He has played in five games this season, averaging 5.8 points and 4.6 assists.

“From the very start, you knew it was going to be up and down. It’s too bad it’s (surgery),” Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. “I think he feels like it’s worth doing and making sure everything is all right. So we just have to go with it. Hopefully when it’s over with, he’ll be able to come back.”

Clippers beat Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — In a matchup of two of the best teams in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs were two points behind the Los Angeles Clippers with less than 30 seconds remaining and the crowd was buzzing.

Some would call it a tense situation. Chris Paul calls it “winning time.”

Paul had 19 points and eight assists and the Clippers beat San Antonio 92-87 for their second victory against the Spurs this season.

Paul’s short jumper with 24.6 seconds left gave the Clippers a 91-87 lead.

“I love those situations — when it’s winning time,” he said.

Blake Griffin had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacific Division-leading Clippers (8-2).

Tim Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs (8-3), who didn’t dazzle coach Gregg Popovich.

“Of all our games, this game was in the soft category,” Popovich said. “We never had five guys that competed hard enough to win the basketball game.

“The Clippers took it with their aggressiveness and their toughness, both mentally and physically.”


Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points, including a three-pointer with 13 seconds left, and the visiting Denver Nuggets ended the Memphis Grizzlies’ win streak at eight games with a 97-92 victory.

Rudy Gay scored 22 points for the Grizzlies.

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