NBA Playoffs 2011: Brandon Roy, an Unlikely Hero in Game 4

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Brandon Roy, an Unlikely Hero in Game 4
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In an unexpected turn of events, the Portland Trail Blazers came back from 23 down in the third, to rally behind none other than Brandon Roy to tie the series at 2-2. 

Now this may not be shocking news considering the talent level of the Blazers, but this series has been a series of matchups, which has gone in favor of the Blazers. 

Excluding the Indiana Pacers-Chicago Bulls series, this has to be the most evenly matched series. Heading back to Dallas may be enough to push the Mavericks to retake the lead, but if you've ever watched the playoffs, it's all about momentum and matchups, both going in favor of the Blazers. 

But no one expected the Blazers to win two straight even back in Portland. Without Roy, this series might as well be done. Whether this is a good sign for the Blazers or not, this series is now far from over. 

This year's playoffs has been one of the more interesting ones we've seen in awhile, and as we've learned over the course of a week, big leads, even late in the game, haven't guaranteed a victory. Until the horns and red lights go off, virtually every game has been down to the wire, and today's game was the ultimate example. 

Losing today was a lot bigger than a mere Game 4 loss for the Mavericks—it was something Reggie Miller never even heard of—choking. 

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There is a reason why teams feel just that much safer when they play at home, and the Blazers experienced that to its full extent. Who knows, if this game were in Dallas, this series could have easily ended up 3-1 in the Mavericks' favor. 

During the game, ESPN Sports Columnist, J.A. Adande tweeted, "Brandon Roy deserves this moment," and he's right. In the last two games—only after every single Blazer Fan had pointed the fingers at Roy—has Roy led the Blazers to two straight victories at home, something no one really expected to happen. 

The NBA needs to switch the saying, "Brandon Roy, where fast breaks die," to "Brandon Roy, where Iso-Roy still works" because like it or not, this series has been the "Roy Show."

Now, heading back to Dallas, the men will be separated from the boys, and if history proves to be a recurring theme, we will indeed see the Mavericks blow another first-round series. But either way, this will go down as one of the more exciting first-round series in the last 10 years, so don't miss another minute of this fantastic series because amazing truly has happened between the Blazers and Mavericks.

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