As Portland looks to bounce back after squandering a 20-point lead to the Chicago Bulls Tuesday, the Blazers are going to be at full strength minus Zach Collins, who is currently not with the team after having surgery on his left ankle.
This means the Blazers bench will be intact.
Trail Blazers forward Rodney Hood, who has missed the past four games with a left quad strain, is available for Thursday’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Portland’s head coach Terry Stotts said that Hood was a game-time decision after seeing how he felt following warm-ups.
Hood played just five minutes in last Friday’s game at 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.
More than anything, the Blazers have most likely used extreme caution when Hood doesn’t feel 100 percent after just returning to the court this season following a ruptured Achilles injury last Dec.
For the Timberwolves, Minnesota will be without Josh Okogie (left hamstring; strain) and Karl-Anthony Towns (left perilunate; subluxation).
The Trail Blazers and Timberwolves tip-off from Moda Center at 7:00p.m. PST on NBCSNW, the official home of the Portland Trail Blazers.