Win Tickets: Portland Trail Blazers Vs Houston Rockets

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Question: Brandon Roy might be done for the season. Are the Blazers a better team without him? Winner will be drawn and emailed on Sunday, January2 .

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81 Responses to Win Tickets: Portland Trail Blazers Vs Houston Rockets

  1. Danielle Roe December 31, 2010 at 01:21 #

    No, the Blazers won’t be better off without him. He’s a great asset to the team and helps bring everyone together.

  2. Jeff December 31, 2010 at 05:51 #

    No. Roy is an important part of the team who has just had a few rough patches. Give him time.

  3. Amanda Choin December 31, 2010 at 06:05 #

    While the team is missing a vital link with Roy out, I think We have a good connection through out the team. The guys have been working together collectively and gradually picking up the pace. Also LA has been stepping up lately and I think we’ve all been very impressed by that. I’m gonna say that it’s improbably but NOT impossible! Rip city FOREVER!

  4. Steve Woodward December 31, 2010 at 06:22 #

    Brandon Roy is the soul of the Blazers, not just for the team but also for the fans. We have to stand by him, no matter what.

  5. jimbobber December 31, 2010 at 07:04 #

    They’re looking good so far!
    Red Hot and Rolling!

  6. charlene johnson December 31, 2010 at 07:06 #

    I think without Roy they will still be able to have a great connection throughout the team. However I feel he does amazing things for the blazers and it will be sad to see him leave. Not just for the team but for the fans as well.

  7. Matthew Verley December 31, 2010 at 07:28 #

    He’s out so much, that while there there may be a great emotional chemistry between him and the rest of the team, the fact still remains that we have yet to see how developed the basketball chemistry is. Maybe in time it’ll prove itself, but for now I’m going to say there isn’t much of a difference.

  8. Deni E December 31, 2010 at 07:28 #

    No, Roy is a critical part of the team.

  9. Amanda December 31, 2010 at 07:35 #

    I think the Blazers will become a stronger team without him. They’ve had to pull together and rely on themselves as a team and the connection they shared with him will help push them forward.

  10. Jessica December 31, 2010 at 07:46 #

    I don’t think they will be a better team without Roy but I think it will be interesting to see who steps up to fill in the gap. Often this type of situation makes for an amazing season.

  11. Brian Vranizan December 31, 2010 at 07:48 #

    I think Brandon Roy is the best thing that the blazers have had for them and for them to lose him for the rest of the season could hurt them in the long run. Roy is like the captain of the blazers without him they will need to push the ball harder and he should be on the bench to support and coach his other commorades along to help them achieve greatness without him and to do better things. he needs to know portland supports him and wisheshim the best in his future with the organization

  12. Barbara December 31, 2010 at 07:57 #

    Devastating news about B. Roy but our Blazers rock. Better off without him? That’s a little harsh.
    Persevere without him? That’s more like it.

  13. Kim December 31, 2010 at 08:00 #

    I think people should have more respect for Roy and all his hard work he’s put in for the Blazers. It’s sad that the minute a player gets hurt, we are ready to throw them away. The Blazers do have to be adaptable and play the hand they’re dealt, and I think we have a lot of great guys pulling together to do just that.

  14. Bill Weismann December 31, 2010 at 08:00 #

    These are the times that try men’s souls. Brandon’s teammates need to step up and fill the void created by his absence. If and when Brandon can return, his presence will be needed and respected – and his role will always be one of a valuable leader – on and off the court. Go Blazers!

  15. Michael December 31, 2010 at 08:02 #

    Better a high lottery pick than a first round playoff exit. Who would have thought the team would play this great without Roy?
    Roy might end up a great bench guy. Matthews, Aldridge are great together. Like Ebony and Ivory or Amos and Andrew.

  16. Cari courtright December 31, 2010 at 08:12 #

    Without him it allows for someone new to rise and fill his shoes.

  17. Lauren LeVine December 31, 2010 at 08:23 #

    Are the Trailblazers better without Brandon Roy? Absolutely not. The fans have turned to Roy to lead this city to success and without him, I imagine most are weary. However, I believe the team and the fans will all be impressed with the levels of success Portland reaches without him. Last night’s game against the Jazz is the perfect example of watching other stars on the team earn their spot. If Matthews and Aldridge can continue flexing their abilities as they did on December 30th, and Camby crashes the boards consistently, we will remain a dangerous team with multiple weapons in our arsenal. It’s unprofessional to rest the achievements of a ‘team’ on one man solely, but BRoy deserves all the respect and appreciation for what he has done for the Blazers over the last few years. It’s now time to develop a unified team around the other guys on the roster, and allow them to be a five-man powerhouse instead of a one-man show.

  18. Tamara Pearmine December 31, 2010 at 08:58 #

    No Brandon Roy is an great player and team leader a well as a very inspirational person to watch on the court.

  19. jolene williams December 31, 2010 at 09:03 #

    Roy is so solid and such a leader, no they won’t be better, but last night they totally stepped up and played a great game…hope new folks can continue to shine.

  20. Linda W December 31, 2010 at 09:07 #

    Better off? No. But I think last night showed that they overcome his absence with strong play from guys like Matthews.

  21. ZDX December 31, 2010 at 09:08 #

    No, they’re not a better team without BROY in the lineup but they are playing better as a team — which is more entertaining to watch. Maybe it’s the extra layer of adversity that sparks the guys or the improved ball movement and pace…either way, it seems that Roy’s the snake to our mongoose. Or the mongoose to our snake. I don’t know. I don’t do animals.

  22. Kathy L. December 31, 2010 at 09:17 #

    The Blazers are 7 and 3 without Brandon Roy and are playing much more like a team. LA is much energized and playing like an All Star. Wesley Matthews scored 30 points last night. Even though I like Brandon as a player, right now, since Brandon is injured and can’t play up to his potential, the Blazers are a better team without him.

  23. Jason B December 31, 2010 at 09:19 #

    I think the team where is right now, is better without Roy.

  24. Marita December 31, 2010 at 09:21 #

    They need to leave Brandon right where he is…on the team! He is an intregal and important part of this team and things will turn out just fine…I am a believer! :)

  25. Tracei December 31, 2010 at 09:24 #

    Roy is great player, however, any team should not depend on just one player to make them a great team! If they look at the rest of the talent on the team and they can pull it together, then they will continue to build and be better team with or without him.

  26. Jenny Emery December 31, 2010 at 09:27 #

    The Blazers team is not better off without Brandon Roy. Absolutely not! Roy carried the team when he was healthy. It’s his turn to be carried. When he is healthy again, he’ll be better than ever.

  27. Josh December 31, 2010 at 09:28 #

    I’ll be honest, I haven’t been keeping up with the Blazers very much this year so I don’t know what the cohesiveness of the team feels like with and without Brandon, but, I would like to think that the Blazers are better as a whole team rather without missing a star player.

  28. Rachel December 31, 2010 at 09:34 #

    Better off.. no. But hopefully the team will be able to work together to thrive without a ‘star’ player

  29. Lisa Franco December 31, 2010 at 09:36 #

    No Roy no winning Blazers team.

  30. Scott fish December 31, 2010 at 09:39 #

    Worse off w/o him, he’s a good leader and can be a good clutch player.

  31. Meg jaquay December 31, 2010 at 09:41 #

    No they will not be better off and neither will the fans. roy makes the game exciting for everyone and he will truly be missed

  32. heather December 31, 2010 at 09:51 #

    Enter me in the drawing for tix. I think this is an excellent opportunity for the other trailblazers to shine and I hope Brandon takes notice while he’s sitting and watching. The blazers CAN be a fast team, they CAN move the ball around, they CAN be aggressive and take it to the rim. I think Brandon still has a place on this team, but I think he needs to follow the lead of Aldridge find ways to change his game to work with — not against — the new blazer flow.

  33. Tiff December 31, 2010 at 10:10 #

    I think losing players is always tough on the team but hopefully they have enough confidence and talent to pull through. I think it’ll be ok.

  34. Colleen Cole December 31, 2010 at 10:15 #

    I don’t think the team is better off without him. What goes up must come down, and what is down will eventually go back up again! :)

  35. Sarah December 31, 2010 at 10:17 #

    No way. Brandon Roy has spirit and loves the game, you can see it in the way he plays and it affects the whole team. We might see some new faces stepping up in his absence but Roy brings everything he’s got to the hardwood and that can only make the Blazers better.

  36. Christine December 31, 2010 at 10:17 #

    No.

  37. Flex Rex December 31, 2010 at 10:25 #

    Rise with us, Blazers! Wait, who are those guys on the poster?

  38. Chad Snow December 31, 2010 at 10:26 #

    brandon can’t be considered as making us better or worse without considering the rest of the team. they’ve built a team around him and that team is necessarily challenged to do the work without him. so, in that regard, we might be better off with. however, with so many members of that team on the injury report, we might have to rethink our entire roster. what about building a team around lma, batum, wesley as an example.

    besides all that, i think they need me there as moral support. and i’ve only made it to one game. and that was against the raptors. and we all know the raptors are canadian, so they don’t really count as an nba team. rocket me to the rose garden, please.

  39. Samona December 31, 2010 at 10:41 #

    Well stats will tell…however I have recently caught a game on tv & the squad looks better than ever to me. I have never supported the Blazers much because I think there have been many foolish decisions made over the years. But it looks like we’ve finally got some real ballers out on the court that are eager to win. Roy’s an asset but we can do it w/out him also. I’m a die hard basketball fan & Jan 2nd is my birthday & I’d love to go cheer on the new Blazers!! ~Thanks!

  40. Terry December 31, 2010 at 10:51 #

    It ‘s luck of tne draw with Brandon Roy. He did as well as his body would allow. I am most impressed with Nate McMillan. Aldridge has stepped up and how many times does a coach, especially in the NBA, ask for someone to step up and someone actually does? Admiration here!

  41. Dana Ramoni December 31, 2010 at 10:58 #

    The Blazers play a better brand of basketball without him, but they aren’t a better team without him. The Roy of old is gone but he can still be a productive part of this team as long as he is willing and able to change his mindset and the way he plays.

  42. Tonya Lee December 31, 2010 at 11:10 #

    Psh. Yeah they are. With him gone, the other players can get setup in a line up and play as a team instead of a one man team.

  43. Meynard Carreon December 31, 2010 at 11:10 #

    I think Brandon Roy is a key player for the blazers. It’s like loosing Kobe or Chris Paul. Lmao

  44. Darcy B December 31, 2010 at 11:15 #

    No their not better off without him–but I wish we could find some unbreakable players!

  45. Johnny December 31, 2010 at 11:26 #

    I think it will help the Blazers realize that it’s team effort that counts better than relying on one person. However good one person is, its the team that wins. Having a galvanizing player is a boon to any team but often the team relies on that player too much. Brandon’s sidelining will make the Blazers a better team as a result and his subsequent re-appearance could result in the Blazers becoming the team to beat!

  46. Blake December 31, 2010 at 11:36 #

    There are plenty of starters who can shine without Roy in the game.We have to depend on LA and Camby to lead the other guys to unison.It’s still a young team, but with lot’s of vigor and can get to the bucket, if they’d take the shots!People need to keep the optimism or the team will lose it too!Rise with Us!

  47. Susan December 31, 2010 at 11:57 #

    I love the great talent of Brandon Roy. He brings a whole new level of excitement to the game. I hope he will be back soon.

  48. Jennie December 31, 2010 at 12:01 #

    I would say yes. Let’s get in the groove without him. His in one game and out the next is mentally exhausting for him, the team and the fans.

  49. JOSH December 31, 2010 at 12:11 #

    This question is difficult to answer. Roy is a HUGE asset to the team, even when he is not on the court. He fills a leadership roll that only Camby has stepped in to take over. The team is very young and raw still, I think that the team is better with Roy, though maybe only playing 20 minutes a night or so!

  50. Hope December 31, 2010 at 12:40 #

    They are not necessarily better without him, but they are probably learning more about how to play as a strong team even without an asset player. Go Blazers!

  51. mark fields December 31, 2010 at 12:45 #

    Yes,better without him right now in his limited physical condition! but if and when he’s ever 100% healthy again,he’s a great nba all star and a much needed team captain so at that point ,better with him if 100% healthy!

  52. Ian Mitchell December 31, 2010 at 12:57 #

    They are better off without him now that he doesn’t have a expected date back. Instead of focusing on his return they are connecting with each other on the court and doing very well. Once they become a little more consistent they will be un -stoppable

  53. Torridjoe December 31, 2010 at 13:40 #

    They’re not better off without Brandon, but they ARE better off without the system Roy thrived in. The isolation plays were not allowing the other young guys to develop. The offense flows much better now that LA doesn’t have to clear the paint for Roy to drive every time. He got good at jumpshots, but you can see how valuable he is inside now that he can hang in the lane. Brandon could really help the team as an assassin shooting guard, but not as the primary ballhandler/shooter.

  54. Rich Polin December 31, 2010 at 13:41 #

    They will benefit from Roy’s absence if and only if the offensive philosophy which values ball movement and movement of each Blazer without the ball persists when he returns. Hopefully, the other Blazers and Brandon will understand that the stale, predictable isolation plays should be abandoned and hopefully Roy’s shooting and slashing skills can be incorporated into a more dynamic offensive approach moving forward.

  55. Kelly Gallagher December 31, 2010 at 13:55 #

    No, the Blazers will not be better off without Brandon. He is a wonderful player and his team efforts will be missed. If he can rest his legs, then hopefully he will return later this season.

  56. Dustin December 31, 2010 at 14:03 #

    Yes and no. They need the person that hit that last second shot. But he hurts us by everyone sit around watching him. He will have to come off bench.

  57. Lance Young December 31, 2010 at 14:34 #

    I like the ball movement and uptempo pace the blazers take with Brandon on the bench. He is a great player and if he was 100% healthy, yes it would hurt us to have him on the bench, but current condition nope I think we just need to get used to the change. Rrrrriiiiippppp City baby!

  58. Adam December 31, 2010 at 16:31 #

    The sad truth is: yes, the Blazers are a better team without the current ailing and oft-injured version of Brandon Roy in the starting lineup, thanks to Wesley Matthews. Without Matthews, we would really be in trouble. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think that he can recover and get back to a level high enough for him to start and help us win games again, but currently, we need a consistent lineup, so if he can’t play more than a handful of games in a row I think we’re better off with him coming off the bench (when he’s healthy enough to even play). I really hope he doesn’t miss the whole season, that would be devastating for him and this fanbase…

    Go Blazers!

  59. nicole December 31, 2010 at 17:08 #

    Heck no! Brandon Roy is really good PR for the team. People love him!

  60. tessa December 31, 2010 at 17:22 #

    no, but they will continue on without him just as they have persevered through all the changes this season.

  61. Pete December 31, 2010 at 18:08 #

    The Blazers aren’t better now than they were with Roy, but I do think they’d be better off if they could trade him and get value out of it. If they could swap Andre Miller Brandon Roy and Rudy for Chris Paul and a good center they’d have more to work with. I am not convinced that anyone other than a point guard or a superstar who needs the ball in their hands so much is going to take a team very far. Roy is not LeBron or Wade or Kobe.

  62. Jeff December 31, 2010 at 18:52 #

    Yes. It takes a village!

  63. emily willard December 31, 2010 at 18:55 #

    Brandon is awesome, but we can make It without him. :)

  64. Amanda Bennett December 31, 2010 at 19:57 #

    I don’t know if there a better team but there a WINNING one! Go LA!

  65. Derrik Berg December 31, 2010 at 20:28 #

    First, I am a huge Blazer fan and appreciate all the effort and time he has dedicated to refining his craft and entertaining the sports fans of Portland. But let’s be clear; Brandon’s knees will not improve. There’s nothing that can be done to repair the damage already done to them. In his current condition, his play does not help our team. The unfortunate truth is that the Blazers are better off without Roy.

  66. Matt December 31, 2010 at 20:35 #

    They are better without him if he’s hobbled like this.

  67. Kamela Kern December 31, 2010 at 21:27 #

    I think they are basically the same with him as they are without him, since he doesn’t really play much anyway!

  68. Kym December 31, 2010 at 22:31 #

    Hard to say. I have never played on the same team with him.

  69. Ryan January 1, 2011 at 11:06 #

    i dont think that this team is better without roy but i think the seperation will be good for everyone. this way, the rest of the players get to learn their identities and roles in the mix of things without roy having the ball. when all is said and done and roy is ready to be back on the court, then he can come into a group of guys that is well rounded with their heads on their shoulders and look for what HE can do to help THEM instead of the other way around. all in all, we need him but he needs to understand that he needs us too.

  70. jon January 1, 2011 at 12:20 #

    They will be a more realistic team without him, and quit living in this mindset of what they could be with him. No doubt he’s a great player, but how many years can they sit by?

  71. Roman January 1, 2011 at 12:22 #

    no. brandon roy was a good player

  72. Shannon January 1, 2011 at 13:27 #

    Brandon Roy is a big asset to the team…but the Blazers have a great team and it is all about team work to win the game! He can help in other ways to stay in the game! Go Blazers!

  73. Gene January 1, 2011 at 14:32 #

    Roy is a tremendous player, but our entire team has been built around him. The Blazers are not a better team without him, but the caveat to that statement is that Roy is not the player he was, even, last season.

    The Blazers struck gold in the Wesley signing and Aldridge is showing more and more that he can shoulder the responsibility of the offense. The offense is looser without Roy because ALL our offense was ran through him. Without Roy, the Blazeholes have a great opportunity to take advantage of some great shooting and intelligent players..

  74. Sarah January 1, 2011 at 15:06 #

    better off.. well not right now, but they will survive. Each one of them will have to come to gather and become stronger on there own and that is good for them. The home games they are on fire w/o!

  75. Robert maxwell January 1, 2011 at 16:00 #

    Yes,they are a better team. You better believe it!

  76. Stacy January 1, 2011 at 18:27 #

    They might win more with him but that doesn’t mean they are a better team with him. Now you know does make us a better team… blaze. that guy has some SERIOUS skills.

  77. tom January 2, 2011 at 00:03 #

    Wish the question was… Are the Blazers better without Nate? I wish. Better without their all-star? Of course not. Better without an injured star that can’t seem to get along with Dre and can’t take ownership of his shitty knees? Yeah! You’re hurt, dummy. Relax and let someone else play for a while.

  78. Mindy Bean January 2, 2011 at 00:13 #

    I honestly think losing Roy will hurt, but I truly believe with our teamwork we have been building over the years. We will rebuild and fill in the gap.

  79. Melanie January 5, 2011 at 19:12 #

    Lets win!!

  80. Julie Toporowski January 6, 2011 at 19:48 #

    Haven’t been to a game since I was little! I’d love to go.

  81. Pauline January 12, 2011 at 23:24 #

    Absolutely NOT. He was the glue. He was the core of their offense. Sad to see him go!

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