Blazers' Rodney Hood Day to Day with Knee Injury Ahead of WCF vs. Warriors

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2019

Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood reacts after being injured in the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)
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The Portland Trail Blazers received good news regarding Rodney Hood as the MRI came back clean and he is considered day-to-day heading into the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers shared the word, noting Hood has a bone bruise in his left knee. Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic first reported Hood's status.

Hood was forced to leave Sunday's Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets with what was described as a left knee hyperextension

The 26-year-old only had six points in 20 minutes before the injury, but he has shown he can be an impactful player when he is at his best.

Hood scored 25 points on 8-of-12 from the field in an important win in Game 6 of the second-round series, giving the Blazers a much-needed third option behind Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. He also scored 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the four overtime win in Game 3.

This ability to produce without needing a lot of possessions is huge for a team trying to keep its playoff run going.

Evan Turner stepped up in Game 7 with 14 points and seven rebounds, but he only had seven total points in the postseason coming into that game. He will be asked to take on a bigger role once again if Hood can't play, but his lack of consistency is a significant concern.

Seth Curry will also need to make a bigger impact off the bench going forward.

Meanwhile, Hood will hope to get more chances to prove himself on the big stage before heading into free agency this summer.

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