It's time for the Trail Blazers to take what they’ve learned and observed in their total of four practices this week and lace it up against the Sacramento Kings.
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said earlier this week that he doesn’t plan on playing anyone more than 20 minutes in Portland’s first preseason game.
As the Blazers get set to welcome in the Kings Friday, they will be without Zach Collins, who is rehabbing a left ankle injury; Portland will also be without Jusuf Nurkic, who is still going through COVID-19 protocols after returning to Portland just this week as well as one player who has test positive for COVID-19.
Thursday, Coach Stotts informed the media that Rodney Hood, who has been rehabbing a torn left Achilles for the past year, will also sit out of Friday’s game.
Hood said Wednesday that he had a “solid” practice, but it sounds like a couple more days will do his body good.
Hood also mentioned earlier this week that to start the season he will be on a minutes restriction “for a few games.” He wasn’t sure the total number of games that he’ll be limited in or the exact minutes he will play to start the season.
It’s all about feeling comfortable and confident in Hood returning to game action.
It’s not as if there have been any new or nagging issues that have popped up over the last week of training camp.
“No setbacks, just he got pretty gassed in practice and I just think from a comfort level he wants to give it a couple more days,” Stotts said.