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Rodney Hood is "doing better" but is OUT Tuesday vs. Chicago Bulls

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The Trail Blazers and Bulls are set to square off at 7:30p.m. PST on NBCSNW Tuesday.

Before tip-off, Portland’s head coach Terry Stotts gave the latest injury updates and discussed the importance of slowing down the Bulls in transition.

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The Blazers initially listed forward Rodney Hood as questionable for Tuesday’s contest due to a left quad strain.

But Hood will miss his third straight game.

Coach Stotts said pregame, “he’s doing better, but he will not play tonight.”

Hood played just five minutes last Friday against Golden State before suffering the strained left quad injury. He grabbed one rebound in his limited minutes and did not return to the contest in the second half. 

 

Despite Hood feeling better and improving, the team is most likely using extreme caution with him after returning this year following a ruptured Achilles injury last December.

On the season, Hood is averaging 2.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 15.0 minutes per game in his return to the court.

Coach Stotts also discussed what the Blazers need to do to slow down the Bulls, who like to push the pace, while also disrupting Zach LaVine and Coby White.

It seems like Zach has hit his stride early and just watching Coby, I think he’s improved from last year. He’s being more aggressive as a scorer… The emphasis on transition defense is always going to be there, especially with a team that really pushes it.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts 

"Getting back, finding shooters… I think the way Zach and Coby get to the rim in transition is something that we all have to be aware of," Stotts added. 

Chicago will be shorthanded against the Blazers.

The Bull will be without a total of four players due to COVID-19 protocols. Ryan Arcidiacono (health and safety protocols), Chandler Hutchison (not with team - self isolating), Lauri Markkanen (health and safety protocols) and Tomas Satoransky (not with team - self isolating) are out.

On the season, Markkanen is averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds, while Hutchison has averaged 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13.0 minutes in 4 appearances.

Catch all the action between Portland and Chicago on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.