March 12, 2010: Portland guard Brandon Roy in action during the NBA basketball game between the Sacramento Kings and the Portland Trail blazers at the Arco Arena in Sacramento CA. Portland defeated the Kings 110-94.  Damon Tarver/CSM.

Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports:

The Trail Blazers have decided to shut Brandon Roy down for at least three games — again — as the All-Star guard continues to endure pain in his balky left knee.

Roy, who has failed to reach double figures in scoring in four of the last five games, has rarely resembled the All-Star player that Blazers fans have grown accustomed to and he looked like a shell of his former self during the Blazers’ 103-98 loss to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night.

As much as at any time this season, Roy lacked explosiveness and athleticism and finished with just four points. In a down-to-the-wire fourth quarter, Roy played just 4:42. So when the Blazers returned to Portland, Roy met with coach Nate McMillan, the Blazers’ training staff and general manager Rich Cho, and the group decided sitting out the Blazers’ upcoming three-game home stand was the best course of action for Roy.

InsideHoops.com editor says: This is really a damn shame, seeing what’s happening with Roy and his health. It’s rare when you hear that nothing can be done medically about a situation like this. I wonder if long-term rest if the answer.