As the Portland Trail Blazers (3-2) gear up to take on the Golden State Warriors (2-3) on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Chase Center in San Francisco, they’ll begin their game preparations without Rodney Hood.
The team announced Saturday evening that Hood (left quad strain) will not suit up for the Blazers' fourth road game of the season.
Hood played just five minutes on Friday before suffering a strained left quad injury. He grabbed one rebound in his limited minutes and did not return to the contest.
As Casey Holdahl of Trailblazers.com noted, the Trail Blazers will likely exercise extreme caution with Hood, who recently returned to the court after suffering a ruptured Achilles injury last season.
They’re not going to take any chances with Rodney Hood coming off an Achilles injury. Played five minutes on Friday, apparently didn’t feel right, left the game and didn’t return.
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) January 3, 2021
On the season, Hood is averaging 2.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 15.0 minutes per game in his return to the court.
Some good news is that Gary Trent Jr. is not listed on the injury report. He had been dealing with a right calf injury suffered in last Monday’s win over the Lakers, but now appears to be a go for Sunday.
Through three games this season Trent Jr. is averaging 13.0 points on 48.5 percent three-point shooting to go along with 1.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
The Trail Blazers will also be without Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) for Friday’s game. Nassir Little (Health & Safety Protocols) is listed as questionable.