Rodney Hood played in just six minutes of action in Friday night’s loss to the Nets due to back spasms. He didn’t suit up on Sunday night with the Atlanta Hawks in town.
After the Blazers were victorious over the Hawks in OT, Hood gave an update on his health.
“It’s feeling better, it’s just locked up right now. It’s getting better with a lot of treatment. I’m getting treatment around the clock, and hopefully it’ll get better day by day so I can get back out there,” Hood said.
Hood had been dealing with back spasms in the preseason, but he explained that this time is not like the pain he was feeling before the regular season tipped off.
“In the preseason it was something different. Right now it’s just bothering me, but hopefully once I’m able to run and jump like I usually can, I’ll be back out there,” Hood said.
Hood mentioned that the pain is consistent.
In nine games played, the Blazers starting small forward is averaging 10.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game.
Dealing with back spasms is nothing new to Hood.
“It’s a common thing. I’ve had it before in years past. It’s tough to deal with. You’ve got to treat it and hopefully it’ll get better,” Hood said.
At this moment, Hood and the Trail Blazers don’t have any sort of timetable for his return. He said right now he’s just listening to the Blazers’ training staff.
“It’s hard to breathe, hard to move around and stuff like that, so you’ve just got to get treatment, listen to the training staff, and listen to my body,” Hood added.
The eight-year veteran explained there is a lot that goes into getting treatment:
“Stretching, whirlpool, hot tub, so many things – just try to loosen it up, but I feel it getting better and hopefully I’m back soon.”
It was obvious after talking with Hood postgame that he is eager to return to action, but he wants to make sure his body is right first.