Friday night, the Blazers lost their starting small forward Rodney Hood to a season-ending injury.
Before Hood’s injury late in the first quarter, the Blazers and Lakers were exchanging buckets.
While the Blazers made in-game adjustments without Hood, the Lakers started to run away with the game. LA’s biggest lead on the night was 21.
The Blazers starters continued to battle in the final period even after their head coach got ejected.
FINAL BOX SCORE: LAKERS 136, TRAIL BLAZERS 113
Here are three quick takeaways from Friday’s loss:
1. Hood leaves game early
Blazers starting small forward Rodney Hood left Friday night's game with torn left Achilles tendon.
The injury came at the 3:27 mark of the first quarter when Hood grabbed a defensive rebound.
Hood planted his left foot and immediately fell to the floor. It was a non-contact injury.
Trainers rushed to Hood where he was surrounded by his teammates. He had to be helped off the floor by the team trainers. At the end of the first half, the Blazers announced that an MRI confirmed Hood had suffered a torn left Achilles tendon.
Kent Bazemore assumed the starting three spot for the night.
2. So many Laker dunks
Los Angeles showed off its size and length early and often against the Blazers. It was pick your poison under the basket on Friday night. LeBron James, JaVale McGee, Anthony Davis – all three Laker bigs were involved in a dunk-fest in the first quarter. Los Angeles took advantage of a smaller Blazers lineup, especially once Hood left the game.
3. Coach Stotts gets tossed
It has been a heated night between fans, between players, and between Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and the officials.
Coach Stotts was seen chirping at the referees and giving several looks of disgust through the first three quarters game.
After a personal foul was called on Kent Bazemore when Bazemore went up to contest Anthony Davis’ lay-in with 1:05 remaining in the third quarter that was the final straw.
Stotts was hit with two technical fouls and was ejected from the game. This is the first time in his Trail Blazers coaching career that he has been tossed from a game.
Up Next: The Trail Blazers host the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game will tip-off on Sunday at 6:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest and the MyTeams App.
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