The Utah Jazz (25-16) just collected another win and are rolling right now because of health. However, tonight they got another sting from the injury bug as starting shooting guard Rodney Hood hyper-extended his right knee on a fast break attempt with 1:43 left in the game. We will have more information as soon as we get it. Below we have a video of the injury, and viewer discretion is advised. (Video courtesy of Moni.) (Also, this is not the game recap.)
Hood was in significant pain and was on the court floor banging his hand in a mixture of frustration and anguish. He was helped off of the court and did not return to the game. Hood hasn’t been too lucky with his feet and legs.
Taking from this earlier post at SLC Dunk by AllThatAmar (Jan 19, 2015):
June, 2013: Right foot, Torn Achilles Tendon (originally identified as a sprain) [Back at Duke]
November, 2014: Right foot, inflammation (plantar fasciitis)
January, 2015 (I): Left foot, inflammation (also plantar fasciitis)
January, 2015 (II): Left foot, aggravation of previous injury (plantar fasciitis) [LAST NIGHT landed with left foot on Tiago Splitter 's foot and had to leave the game.]
Hood is what makes this good Utah Jazz team potentially great. His ability to heat up and hit late game threes has saved this team countless times over his abbreviated three year career. I hope that he is going to get some rest. The Jazz play next on Monday, at the surprising Phoenix Suns and their hot shot Devin Booker. If Hood sits that game out, the Jazz have three off-nights next week again. Utah plays on a double header on the 20th and 21st of January as the next possible games on the schedule for Hood to return — if he misses any time at all. (I’m just speculating on some rest.)
If he wants to rest he can, as George Hill, Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Joe Ingles, and Joe Johnson (and Shelvin Mack) are all healthy now. If he sits out the Suns game he will have five straight nights of no Jazz basketball.
Get well soon, Rodney.