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Jusuf Nurkic, Rodney Hood will be limited vs. Kings Sunday, Anfernee Simons is OUT

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After sitting out of Friday’s first preseason contest, Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic and wing Rodney Hood will make their preseason debuts Sunday.

The Blazers are set to take on the Sacramento Kings for the second and final time this exhibition season following Portland's 127-102 win Friday.

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Pregame, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts gave an update on injuries and playing time. 

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Stotts mentioned that both Nurkic and Hood will be on a minutes restriction Sunday with both players playing roughly 12 minutes each.

As for Anfernee Simons, who suffered a hamstring injury in the Blazers win over the Kings Friday, he will sit out of Sunday’s contest with what Coach Stotts is calling a “sore hamstring.”  

 

Stotts would like to see Hood, “getting the feel for a game again – that’s the main thing with him” after the veteran forward played in just 21 games last season before suffering a torn Achilles.  

Hood hasn’t seen NBA action since Dec. 6.

Nurkic passed COVID-19 protocol two days ago, but has yet to practice with the team since he just returned to the Portland market from Bosnia earlier this week.

“He hasn’t had a practice yet,” Coach Stotts said of Nurkic. “I’ll be interested to see his conditioning and see how he feels.”

As for the rest of the starting five -- Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Derrick Jones Jr., and Robert Covington -- don’t expect to see them play mid to upper 20 minutes of action like Friday’s game.

“Will probably cut their minutes a little bit from last game,” Stotts said.