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Rodney Hood considered day-to-day after clean MRI on knee

Rodney Hood appeared to be in a significant amount of pain when he suffered a leg injury during the Portland Trail Blazers’ win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, but it sounds like he could be available for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Hood underwent an MRI on his left knee following Sunday’s game, and it came back clean. He is considered day-to-day.

Hood was trying to play defense as the Nuggets brought the ball up the court in the third quarter, and he grabbed his left leg and went down after being screened by Torrey Craig.

The Blazers later announced that Hood had a hyperextended knee, so it’s a good sign that there was no structural damage.

Hood played a big role in Portland’s series against the Nuggets, as he was the hero in their four-overtime win in Game 3 and scored 25 points off the bench in Game 6. The Blazers likely need him healthy if they want a chance to upset the Golden State Warriors.

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