The Utah Jazz released some new (?) information about injured starting shooting guard Rodney Hood. Hood was injured against the Milwaukee Bucks and has missed games against the Charlotte Hornets (win), Atlanta Hawks (win), New Orleans Pelicans (win), and Boston Celtics (loss). He is going to be missing at least two more games before he suits up again.
Rodney Hood Injury Update— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) February 12, 2017
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The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, who has missed the last five games due to a right knee bone contusion as well as a Grade 1 lateral collateral ligament (LCL) sprain suffered in a win over Milwaukee on Feb. 1:
Hood was re-examined last night by the Utah Jazz medical staff, the results of which show that the symptoms of his injury continue to improve. In order to allow the injury proper time to heal, he will continue to receive treatment and is expected to return to play following the NBA All-Star Break. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Hood (6-8, 206, Duke) has appeared in 40 games (all starts) this season for the Jazz and is averaging 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28.6 minutes per game.
I am going to just quote what we wrote back when the injury happened:
I expect him to come back for the February 24th road game against the Milwaukee Bucks. (So I’m expecting him to miss seven games.)
With how the Jazz guards have played in his absence (and recency bias winning out) it’s clear that we’d be a better team with him back. So the All-Star break can’t come soon enough. Between now and then, though, the Jazz will have to face the Los Angeles Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers, according to Woj, just made a trade for Jusuf Nurkic - so they’ll be better inside for sure.
Will Utah get back to winning and take the next two? Or will they limp into the All-Star break on a four game losing streak? Man, that’s terrifying.