SACRAMENTO -- The start of this season seems to be bringing more injuries than most all around the league.
Tonight at the Golden 1 Center, two teams who have endured major injuries this season will square off.
Before the Trail Blazers and Kings tip-off at 7:00p.m. on NBC Sports Northwest and on the 'MyTeams' App, the Blazers and head coach Terry Stotts gave injury updates and more on tonight’s matchup.
Blazers starting small forward Rodney Hood has been dealing with back spasms since last Friday night’s game against the Nets.
“I’m feeling a little bit better, day-by-day, just continuing to get treatment, just continuing to feel better a little bit, so we’ll see,” Hood said after Tuesday’s shootaround.
Hood doesn’t believe the injury is anything to be too concerned over. He just wants to feel like himself again.
“It’s nothing to worry about. It’ll smooth over, over time. I just got to be patient, make sure I’m healthy, so I’m not out there thinking about it and laboring… I’m confident I’ll be back and being myself again,” Hood said.
Hood was initially listed as ‘probable’ for tonight’s game.
Official Injury Reports:
For the Blazers, Rodney Hood (back spasms) and Hassan Whiteside (right foot sprain) are probable; Zach Collins (left shoulder dislocation), Jusuf Nurkic (left lower leg fracture) and Pau Gasol (left foot fracture) are out for Tuesday's game at Sacramento.
For the Kings, Dewayne Dedmon (right knee sprain) is probable; Marvin Bagley III (right thumb fracture) and De'Aaron Fox (left ankle sprain) are out.
Pregame, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts shared a message that he has for his team at this point in the season.
“It’s cliché, but worry about the next game. I know we’ve got a lot of games on the road, we’ve got a road trip coming up… But [we need to] prepare for each game,” Stotts said.
Coach Stotts also mentioned that Hood would go through warm-ups and then the training staff would see how he’s feeling and if he is able to play tonight.
6:45pm UPDATE: Hood is OUT for tonight's game.
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