Rodney Hood’s left knee is sore and it will remain what he calls an “ongoing” issue throughout what’s left of the 2019 NBA playoffs. But as the Portland Trail Blazers gathered for a practice Wednesday in preparation for Game 2 of their best-of-seven series against the Golden State Warriors, Hood pledged to continue to play.
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“It’s tough,” he said before a workout at UCSF Mission Bay. “But at this point, it’s lay everything on the line. If I’m a liability out there on either end, I think I’ll be doing a disservice to my team and I think I wouldn’t play. But I’ve just got to battle though it. Everybody is banged up at this point on both teams. Enes (Kanter) has been fighting his shoulder thing since the first round. If I can go out there and jog around and do whatever I can to help, I’m going to be out there.”
“I was starting to go to the basket, pulled the ball back and my feet just came out from under me,” Hood said. “But it was fine, I was able to keep playing. So I’ll be fine.” He said he’s accepted the fact that his knee won’t be pain-free anytime soon, but he said he hoped it wouldn’t keep him out of any games. The Blazers did not include Hood on their injury report for Game 2, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Oracle Arena.
Jason Quick: Blazers say Rodney Hood will be available for Game 1
Brian Windhorst: Rodney Hood (knee bone bruise) is out warming up prior to Game 1. Listed as questionable
After the game, Hood told reporters that he’s “in a lot of pain right now.” “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow, and the next day,” said Hood, who had six points in 20 minutes before being helped into the locker room. “Just day-by-day, but I don’t have a timetable right now.”
Joe Freeman: Rodney Hood is down on the Pepsi Center court holding his left knee. Doesn’t look good …
Michael Singer: Hood is walking off gingerly and headed to the locker room. Torrey Craig caught him with a backscreen.
Jusuf Nurkic: Damn.. @nba should stop the game when someone got injured?? Prayers up for brother 🙏🏻
Winslow now has missed the past eight games, including Saturday in New York, with a bruised left thigh. McGruder has missed the past seven with a sore left knee. “As much treatment, work as they can get, around the clock, that’s their focus right now,” Spoelstra said of the three players left behind.
Barry Jackson: Adebayo will play and Winslow and McGruder doubtful says Spoelstra
Jason Quick: Blazers updated injuries for tonight at New Orleans: Rodney Hood (groin) is available, Seth Curry (illness) is probable and Maurice Harkless (left knee) is out.
Jason Quick: From Blazers: Rodney Hood is probable for New Orleans but Seth Curry (sick) and Maurice Harkless (left knee) are questionable
Joe Vardon: Hey, Cavs fans. Rodney Hood told me he will play tonight against the Rockets. Limited minutes.
Chris Fedor: The NBA’s 5:30 injury report lists #Cavs Rodney Hood as OUT for Sunday against Chicago with Achilles soreness.
Joe Vardon: Rodney Hood is out tonight. Alec Burks plays in his place against the Wizards
Cayleigh Griffin: Rodney Hood suffered a right foot injury and will not return to tonight’s game.
Rick Noland: Cavs shooting guard Rodney Hood listed as out with sore left Achilles
Marla Ridenour: Rodney Hood being held out in the second half with a sore left Achilles. #Cavs say it’s for precautionary reasons.
Dave McMenamin: Larry Drew says that Tristan Thompson, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr. are all back on a minute restriction. Cleveland will keep its recent starting lineup of Calderon, Hill, James, Green and Love, however.
Dave McMenamin: Larry Drew says that Tristan Thompson and Rodney Hood are both out tonight. The Cavs are starting Jose Calderon, George Hill, LeBron James, Jeff Green and Kevin Love.
Jason Lloyd: Incidentally, Rodney Hood believes he’ll “probably” be ready to play Thursday at Portland
Erik Gundersen: Rodney Hood (back) deemed questionable by Cavs
Joe Vardon: Cedi Osman and Rodney Hood are out against the Lakers. Jeff Green will start
Marla Ridenour: Cedi Osman going for MRI now, #Cavs say. Hood does not need imaging, day to day
Joe Vardon: The Cavs have two open roster spots. They are checking on the severity of injuries to Rodney Hood (back) and Cedi Osman (hip/groin) to see if they need to hit the FA market. Cedi said he felt a ‘pop’ in his groin
Tony Jones: Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood will be on a minutes restriction tonight. For the fantasy guys, I asked how many. Quin Snyder wouldn’t say
Andy Larsen: Both Donovan Mitchell and Rodney Hood will play for the Jazz tonight.
Tony Jones: Rodney Hood is available tonight
Scott Bordow: Rodney Hood out for Jazz tonight
Andy Larsen: Rodney Hood is out for tomorrow’s game against Phoenix. Will be his 6th missed game due to lower leg contusion.
Kyle Goon: Rodney Hood is OUT tomorrow against the Toronto Raptors with a lower leg contusion.
Eric Woodyard: Rodney Hood is questionable again for tomorrow’s game in Detroit with a lower leg contusion. He has missed the last 2 games.
Andy Larsen: Rodney Hood is out tonight with his lower leg contusion.
Eric Woodyard: I have a clarification about Rodney Hood’s injury. Although he thought it was an Achilles soreness, team doctors have clarified again that it was in fact tendon soreness in his ankle that sidelined him for 7 games.
Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson got a little more involved. Both players participated in a non-contact session Monday, boosting hope that they’ll be able to return for the upcoming road trip. The Tribune has learned that Hood is targeting a comeback on Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls. Neither coach Quin Snyder nor anyone else got that specific, but it was a big moment for both to be practicing.
Raul Neto did not practice after leaving the Milwaukee game and entering the team’s concussion protocol. The Jazz haven’t said whether any of the three — Hood, Johnson or Neto — will be available for Wednesday’s game.
Tony Jones: Jazz guard Rodney Hood is expected to miss the Milwaukee game, according to Tribune sources. He is, however, progressing towards a return
Tony Jones: Official diagnosis on Hood: he’ll be ready when he’s ready, Quin Snyder said. Snyder did say he thinks that will be sooner than later
Ryan McDonald: Raul Neto and Rodney Hood are OUT tonight
The Utah Jazz should be closer to full strength as they take on the Phoenix Suns tonight at Talking Stick Resort Arena (8 p.m. MT tipoff). Wings Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles have been listed as probable to play by the team’s medical staff, the Jazz announced this afternoon.
Tony Jones: Tribune sources: Rodney Hood’s MRI revealed a minor calf strain. He is considered day to day
Tony Jones: Per Tribune sources, an achilles injury has been ruled out for Hood, so tomorrow’s MRI is precautionary and related to calf
Kyle Goon: Hood checking in.
Tony Jones: Rodney Hood will receive an MRI…injury is not believed to be more serious than a sprain, sources tell The Tribune
Andy Larsen: Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, and Rodney Hood are all PROBABLE for tomorrow’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. Raul Neto is OUT.
Andy Larsen: Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood, and Raul Neto are all OUT for the Jazz against GSW. George Hill and Gordon Hayward are questionable.
Aaron Falk: For the Jazz, Rodney Hood, Derrick Favors and Shelvin Mack will all be out tonight
David Locke: Rodney Hood right knee soreness will not return.
David Locke: Rodney Hood will play and start Joe Johnson will not play
David Locke: Jazz announce that Rodney Hood is out for tomorrow night v. Brooklyn
Jody Genessy: Rodney Hood (sore right knee) will not play tonight.
Rodney Hood is hopeful he will play when the Utah Jazz return from the All-Star break against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Hood has been out with a lateral collateral ligament sprain and bone contusion in his right knee since Feb. 1. He practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting hurt but said he’s still not where he wants to be.
The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, who has missed the last five games due to a right knee bone contusion as well as a Grade 1 lateral collateral ligament (LCL) sprain suffered in a win over Milwaukee on Feb. 1: Hood was re-examined last night by the Utah Jazz medical staff, the results of which show that the symptoms of his injury continue to improve. In order to allow the injury proper time to heal, he will continue to receive treatment and is expected to return to play following the NBA All-Star Break. Further updates will be provided when appropriate
Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood is expected to be inactive until after the All-Star break, league sources told The Salt Lake Tribune on Saturday night. Hood has missed the past four games with a bone contusion on his right knee, coupled with a Grade 1 lateral collateral ligament (LCL) sprain, after sustaining a right knee hyperextension on Feb. 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the second time that Hood has sustained that type of injury this season, having originally injured it on Jan. 14 late in a victory against the Orlando Magic.
Jazz starting shooting guard Rodney Hood is expected to miss Saturday’s matchup against the Charlotte Hornets with a hyperextended right knee, but an MRI Hood underwent Thursday morning showed no structural damage, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned. Hood injured the knee making a move to the basket on Wednesday night in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the same knee Hood injured a few weeks ago against the Orlando Magic. Hood missed time following that game with a bone contusion. This latest injury is not believed to be as serious.
Tony Jones: Tribune Sources: Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood expected to undergo MRI tomorrow on hyperextended right knee
Though Hood has missed five games since injuring himself late in the Orlando game almost two weeks ago, he was very relieved to be diagnosed with a hyperextended knee when many feared he had torn ligaments. “I thought it was a lot worse than what it was,” Hood said. “I’m just very fortunate to come out like this.”
Instead of being out for months, Hood is on the verge of returning to action. His medical status has been upgraded to questionable heading into tonight’s TNT 8:40 p.m. showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jody Genessy: Rodney Hood will travel but won’t play in Dallas.
Aaron Falk: Tribune sources: Rodney Hood underwent an MRI this morning and has been diagnosed with a bone bruise. No other structural damage. Hood will miss Monday’s game in Phoenix with the bone bruise, but will be day-to-day otherwise going forward
The loss of Rodney Hood to a right knee injury tempered the Utah Jazz’s victory over the Orlando Magic. Hood was hurt late in the Jazz’s 114-107 victory Saturday night. “It’s unfortunate, for sure, and unlucky,” Gordon Hayward said. “Hopefully, he has a speedy recovery. He’s a big piece of what we do. It sucks to see anybody go down.”
Hood was wearing an ice pack and elastic bandage and was walking gingerly but without assistance in the locker room. He was not made available to the media. Hood will be evaluated again Sunday, the team said.
Aaron Falk: Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood will be OUT tonight, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Tim MacMahon: The Jazz won’t have their starting backcourt tonight against the Grizzlies. Rodney Hood (illness) joins George Hill (thumb) on the inactive list. PF Derrick Favors (knee) is a game-time decision. PF/C Boris Diaw is returning after an extended absence due to a leg contusion.
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This latest edition of “Will Kawhi Leonard Stay In Toronto?” started from a simple, celebratory Instagram Live video from Kawhi’s sister, Miesha Slayton. After the Raptors’ Game 6 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, Slayton took to Instagram for a live session. We could see as she was reading off comments from fans from all over the world. But then, a voice in the background shouted, “They know darn well he ain’t gonna be there next year.”
Slayton would eventually take down the Instagram Live video, which seemingly produced the opposite result she wanted and fueled rumors even more. Without even knowing who the voice belonged to, NBA fans took hold of that anonymous comment as proof that Leonard would leave Toronto after this single season. NBA Twitter seemed to speculate — out of nowhere — that the voice belonged to Leonard’s uncle. But according to Slayton, the voice neither belonged to her uncle nor a member of her family. She posted to Instagram that the voice was just a Raptors hater that she was watching the game with. She told a Raptors Republic contributor that her uncle wasn’t even in California.
“Right away, first day,” Lowry told The Athletic about when he realized how special Leonard was. “People don’t know, he really is an unbelievable dude, really an unbelievable guy. It’s fortunate for us to be on our team and to be around him. He jokes. He really laughs and has fun with everything. He really is a good guy.”
By keeping whatever pain he felt to himself and still putting up monster games that legitimately invoked the game’s legends, Leonard added to his heroic folktale. The fun guy, failing to disappoint. “He’s a warrior. He’s never going to say anything to anyone,” Webster told The Athletic about Leonard playing through injury. “This is when greatness and that championship mettle is shown.”