Portland Trailblazer star guard Brandon Roy has missed the last nine games with a nagging hamstring injury.
He won't be playing Saturday night against the Los Angeles Lakers either, making that 10 straight games missed.
Can Portland still get a victory without their best player?
It's gonna be tough.
Last time the Blazers and Lakers met, Roy scored 32 points on 9-11 field goals and 13-14 from the free throw line in from of a home crowd in the Rose Garden.
Now, the Blazers have to try to beat the number one team in the Western Conference without their most dangerous offensive weapon.
Portland needs some to step up and have a big game just as point guard Andre Miller did one week ago against the Dallas Mavericks.
This guy as got to be LaMarcus Aldridge.
If the Blazers want to win I think Aldridge needs to at least score 30.
I'm not saying that a win won't take a team performance, because it most definitely will.
But, Aldridge is the Blazers best chance to put points on the board.
The Blazers should go to him early and often.
It seems to me that Aldridge heats up early and as a big first half but he seems to be forgotten as the fourth quarter rolls around.
Portland needs to keep giving him touches throughout the whole game.
The Blazers may be able to pull of another big win against one of the Western Conferences best if they play team ball, take quality shots, and limit the damage Kobe does.
In this last week, Portland has already beat the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs.
So let's go for the big three.