With the Portland Trail Blazers down 48-39 going into halftime, head coach Terry Stotts made a change:
Rodney Hood and Zach Collins started the third quarter replacing Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu.
Just under six minutes to go in the third, the Denver Nuggets leading 58-55 but with the Blazers holding onto the momentum, things took a turn for the worse for Hood. As he was back-pedaling on defense, picking up full court ball pressure, a Denver screen came on his backside and Hood went down.
Hood remained down, clutching his left knee for a few minutes. The Blazers bench came onto the court in support of him.
It was ruled, per Blazers PR, a left knee hyperextension and Hood would not re-enter the game.
"I still don't really know what happened," said Hood postgame. "I was just back-pedaling and got hit from behind and hyperextended my kneee.
As soon as Hood got to the Blazers locker room for evaluation, he put on a knee pad and tried to ride the bike, but "...just couldn't get that pain to go away."
"I tried to get back out there in the game, but I was going to be a liability. It was best for me to sit. I'm just glad we got the win tonight."
There's no quit in Rodney.— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 13, 2019
Hood left the third quarter of GM.7 with a left knee hyperextension, but did not return. You better believe he did everything he could to get back into the game though... 💪 #RipCity @rodneyhood pic.twitter.com/NdZU6ojHMS
No update yet on what Hood's status will be for the Western Conference Finals. Get well soon, Rodney!