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Rodney Hood to Miss First Preseason Game

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We’ll have to wait two more days for the return of Rodney Hood who is expected to miss tomorrow’s preseason opener against the Kings.

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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.

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.

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.