Rodney Hood is expected to miss the Portland Trail Blazers’ first preseason scrimmage against the Sacramento Kings tomorrow night, according to Coach Terry Stotts. Yesterday, Stotts said Hood was a little “gassed” after the day’s practice, suggesting he isn’t quite ready for game play, but Stotts assured media that Hood should be ready for Sunday’s match-up against the Kings.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts says Rodney Hood won’t play in first preseason game but should play in Sunday’s game. Says Hood just isn’t quite at comfort level that he wants.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) December 10, 2020
Hood suffered a season-ending achilles tendon injury in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 6, 2019.
Stotts also hinted at tomorrow night’s starting lineup, mentioning Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Derrick Jones Jr., Robert Covington and Enes Kanter.
Terry Stotts guesses his starting lineup for preseason opener Friday against Sacramento:— Jason Quick (@jwquick) December 10, 2020
SF-Derrick Jones Jr.
PF- Robert Covington
C - Enes Kanter
The Blazers will open their 2020-21 preseason schedule against the Sacramento Kings at the Moda Center tomorrow night at 7.30pm PT. The two teams will re-convene at the Moda Center on Sunday with an earlier 6pm tip off.
The Blazers will then head to Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center at 6pm (PT) on Wednesday and again at 6pm (PT) on Friday, before opening the regular season against the Utah Jazz on December 23.