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.
Rodney Hood had to be helped off the court after suffering a left leg injury in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday between his Portland Trail Blazers and the Denver Nuggets.
Hood was trying to play defense as the Nuggets brought the ball up the court in the third quarter. He was screened by Torrey Craig and grabbed at his left leg before going down to the floor.
Hood was seen grabbing at his left knee while on the ground. He was examined by trainers and then helped off the court in Denver. He was not putting weight on his left leg after being helped off the court.
The Blazers later announced that Hood had a hyperextended left knee and was questionable to return.
Hood has been a big factor in the series off the bench for Portland. He had 25 points in the Game 6 win in Portland. He was also the hero in the four overtime Game 3 win earlier in the series.
Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts made a substitution late in Friday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets that propelled his team to victory in a four-overtime affair, but he is not ready to be hailed as a genius.
Rodney Hood entered Game 3 with 1:59 remaining in the fourth overtime and made three consecutive shots, including a three-pointer with 18.6 seconds left that put Portland up 138-136. When asked about subbing Hood in for Maurice Harkless, Stotts admitted he only made the move because Harkless was experiencing some cramping.
It’s better to be lucky than good, right?
As it turns out, the cramps Harkless dealt with opened the door for the Blazers to come out on the winning end of one of the longest NBA playoff games in decades. It was not fantastic coaching intuition from Stotts, though that doesn’t really matter.
Whether he was responsible for the Hood substitution or not, Stotts has done some of his best coaching this season. He’s also been entertaining at times during his press conferences, so he’s endearing himself to Blazers fans in many ways. Sometimes things just go your way, and that’s what happened for Portland and their coach late in Friday night’s thriller.
The 2019 NBA trade deadline was an exceptionally active one with multiple big names changing teams, even if the biggest name on the market ended up staying put. That doesn’t change the fact that the action, especially in the Eastern Conference, was fast and furious, and that isn’t even factoring in the Kristaps Porzingis deal.
Here are ten big takeaways from all the moves that took place prior to Thursday’s deadline.
1. The Anthony Davis saga will drag on into the summer, and the Lakers look worse for it
It didn’t seem like the New Orleans Pelicans ever had any real intention of negotiating with the Los Angeles Lakers in good faith on an Anthony Davis trade. The Pelicans have every incentive to wait until summer to deal Davis, when they should have a wider range of interested teams. The Lakers will be disappointed, as they don’t look great publicly, seem to have muddled the minds of their young players, and may now find themselves in a situation where they can be outbid. LeBron James probably won’t be happy, either.
The Sacramento Kings won’t be landing Zach LaVine from the Chicago Bulls, so they may look to the Central Division for their next target.
According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, the Kings could turn their attention to Cleveland Cavaliers forward Rodney Hood, who is a restricted free agent. The Kings have reportedly shown interest in Hood, but have taken no steps to make him an offer sheet at this point.
Hood would fit Sacramento’s need of a wing who can score and create, having been rebuffed in efforts to sign Mario Hezonja as a free agent.
Hood was acquired by the Cavaliers at the trade deadline, from the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline, where his points per game dropped from 17 to 11 and he struggled to coexist with LeBron James. Now that James is gone, the 25-year-old could claim a larger role in the offense. However, the Cavaliers are already over the cap, and it remains to be seen if they’d be willing to give Hood a big payday if another team came in with a substantial offer sheet.
Rodney Hood has basically been a non-factor for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the postseason, and his playing time has decreased with each series. After he got on the floor for four minutes in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Tyronn Lue says Hood will be called upon to contribute more in Game 3.
Lue told reporters on Tuesday that Hood is going to get an opportunity on Wednesday night, but the Cavs coach would not say if he is planning to make starting lineup changes.
Hood technically got a “chance” in Game 2, but Lue must be talking about giving the 25-year-old more than just four minutes. Given the way the first two games have gone for Cleveland, that makes sense.
After he played horribly in the Cavs’ second-round sweep of the Toronto Raptors, Hood has basically been taken out of Lue’s rotation. He was a DNP in four of the last five games Cleveland played against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, and he didn’t touch the floor in Game 1 against the Warriors.
Hood is fortunate he wasn’t suspended or fined by the Cavs for the stunt he pulled earlier this postseason, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Lue knows his team needs a spark in order to have any chance of beating Golden State, so he might as well give Hood a shot.
Rodney Hood was a major contributor with the Utah Jazz at the time the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired him earlier this season, but he has essentially been phased out with his new team. As you might expect, that has not been easy for the 25-year-old guard.
In an interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Hood opened up being taken out of Tyronn Lue’s rotation during the postseason.
“I was playing at such a high clip when I got traded,” he said. “And then, this is my first time having DNPs in life. The first time shooting two times or five times in a game. Having to adjust is the toughest part. It’s a part of my growth. I’m not going to always be in this state.
“It’s something I can look back on and think, ‘I’ve been through something worse than this. I’ve been through a tough time before.’ It can help me in future endeavors.”
Hood, a restricted free agent this summer, was averaging 16.8 points per game at the time he was traded to the Cavs. He looked like an exciting addition early on, but he has played a total of three minutes in Cleveland’s last six playoff games. While he says he was used to being in the spotlight at Duke, nothing could have prepared him for playing alongside LeBron James.
“This is something different. It has been tough,” Hood said. “The basketball stuff has been the easiest part. The stuff that comes out of it, you lose a game and everyone talks about it on TV the next day. They may say some things that you may not agree with. If you win a game, you’re supposed to. Those kind of things are something I kind of got on a much smaller scale and dealt with at Duke.
“You lose a game and you feel like the world is coming down. You win, it’s like, you’re supposed to win. It’s still a struggle to me to adapt to that.”
Lue keeps saying he has not lost confidence in Hood, but actions speak louder than words. Hood made a selfish decision late in a playoff game against the Toronto Raptors, and it seemed like his fate was sealed from that moment. Don’t expect his role to change in the NBA Finals.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood made a selfish decision to refuse to check into his team’s Game 4 blowout win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday, but it does not sound like the immature act is going to cost him anything.
Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports that the Cavs are not planning to fine or suspend Hood and never considered doing so. Hood reportedly met with general manager Koby Altman and others members of Cleveland’s front office on Tuesday and “expressed remorse” over the incident.
“This is not him as a person at all, he’s a team player and wants what’s best for the team,” one source familiar with the discussion told Vardon. “He truly feels sorry for this even being an issue.”
Hood has not played well in the playoffs, and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said before Game 4 that the 25-year-old guard “could be better” and knows it. He has averaged just 4.6 points and shot less than 40 percent from the field, missing his last 10 3-point attempts. He was the only Cleveland player to log zero minutes in Game 4.
Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, who originally reported on Hood’s refusal to check into the game, spoke with one player who did not sound pleased with Hood over the incident.
The Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a series-clinching win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday, but it sounds like the sweep was not enough to make one member of the team happy.
Rodney Hood played zero minutes in the contest for the first time this postseason. Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reports that Hood was told to check into the game during the fourth quarter, but he refused.
When the Cavs called a timeout with a 30-point lead and 7:38 left Monday, (Tyronn) Lue tried inserting Hood for (LeBron) James. It was a great opportunity for a struggling youngster to try to find his rhythm without any pressure before the next series. Instead, Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed. A number of veterans huddled around him during the timeout and tried talking sense into him, but Hood still refused to go, so Jose Calderon subbed into the game instead. Hood dressed quickly and was one of the first players out of the locker room after the game.
Hood has not played well in the playoffs, and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said before Game 4 that the 25-year-old guard “could be better” and knows it. He has averaged just 4.6 points and shot less from 40 percent from the field, missing his last 10 3-point attempts.
“This is the playoffs. We’re trying to win a championship,” one Cavs player told Lloyd when asked about Hood refusing to play. “This isn’t about you.”
Cavs GM Koby Altman is reportedly planning to meet with Hood to discuss Monday’s incident and give him an opportunity to tell his side of the story, but the belief is that he was “pouting,” as Lloyd puts it. Hood’s teammates are understandably upset with him, and it’s possible Cleveland could suspend him.
Hood isn’t the first Cavs player to seemingly have an issue with his role since the playoffs began, but worrying about yourself in a game in which your team just completed a sweep to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals is a terrible look. Hood is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, and this isn’t going to help his stock.
The Cleveland Cavaliers completely overhauled their backcourt at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, and Derrick Rose is on his way out of town in addition to Isaiah Thomas.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs acquired guards Rodney Hood and George Hill in a three-way trade with the Jazz and Kings. Rose and Jae Crowder are heading to Utah, and Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert are being sent to Sacramento.
But that’s not all. The Cavs are also trading Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat.
The news came almost immediately after the Cavs traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Cleveland has had serious chemistry problems this season, and they are clearer determined to get younger for the stretch run.