Hood (hand) contributed five points (2-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and two assists across 21 minutes in Wednesday's 88-84 preseason loss to the Trail Blazers.
As expected, Hood slotted back into the starting lineup Wednesday following a two-game absence that was mainly precautionary in nature. The Jazz are counting on Hood to pick up some of the scoring slack with Gordon Hayward (finger) potentially sidelined through mid-November or beyond, but his responsibilities will be scaled back a bit once the team is back to full health on the wing.
A sprained left hand has limited Hood over the last week, and he's missed the
Hood, who is dealing with a sprained left hand, was listed as doubtful heading into the day, so it's no surprise that he'll be held out for a second straight game. The shooting guard had his left ring and pinkie finger taped together during the
Hood (hand) sat out of practice Sunday and is unlikely to play in Monday's preseason game against the Clippers, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Hood continues to deal with a sprained left hand and is now looking unlikely to take the court on Monday. Coach Quin Snyder didn't rule out the potential to keep Hood sidelined for the rest of the preseason schedule, but for now, there's still a chance he's available for the finale against the Trail Blazers. With that said, even if he does take the court, the Jazz would likely restrict his minutes in order limit his workload and avoid a chance to suffer a setback with the injury. He should be good to go for the regular season opener on Oct. 25, but consider him day-to-day for the time being.
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