Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy has had a setback with his surgically repaired right knee, casting further doubt on his chances...
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy has had a setback with his surgically repaired right knee, casting further doubt on his chances of resuming a career derailed by knee problems.
The former Huskies star from Garfield High School gave an update Thursday on his recovery from arthroscopic surgery in December. He said he was feeling close to trying to play in a game for the first time this season, but felt more pain last Saturday and had to slow things down.
The former Portland Trail Blazers All-Star and NBA Rookie of the Year retired before last season because of chronic knee issues. After feeling better this summer, Roy signed with the Timberwolves to start a comeback.
Roy said his latest setback has been discouraging. But he remains hopeful that he will play this season. He said there is no timetable for his first game.
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Jerryd Bayless led Memphis with 23 points. Zach Randolph missed his first 10 shots and wound up with nine points and 19 rebounds.
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Coach Scott Brooks finally put Westbrook back in the game to start the fourth quarter, after Memphis had cut its deficit to 77-67 in the final minute of the third quarter. Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper and set up Kevin Martin for a three-pointer in transition on consecutive possessions to bump the lead back up to 86-69 with 9:32 remaining.
“I decided to take Russell out because we needed to calm down,” Brooks said. “Russell went in the back. It was nothing. He just had to regroup.”
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David Lee had 15 points, a season-high 20 rebounds and nine assists for Golden State. Jarrett Jack scored 13 points, including two free throws with two seconds left to help the Warriors win their third straight.
Thompson shot 11 of 18 from the field and had three three-pointers.
O.J. Mayo scored 25 points to lead the Mavericks, who dropped their second straight.
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