Hood (knee) said Tuesday that he expects to be out around a month, Jody Genessy of Deseret News reports. Hood suffered from a right knee sprain in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors, but after having doctors look at it on Tuesday, it appears that the injury won't hold the shooting guard out for too long. Expect Hood to return for training camp late in the summer and be completely healthy at the time.
Hood suffered a right knee sprain in the fourth quarter of Monday's Game 4 against Golden State and will not return. Unless the Jazz make a surprising comeback, Hood's final line of the season will be two points, two rebounds, and one assist over 14 minutes. The three-year pro will likely undergo further testing to determine if there's any additional damage, and unless something more serious is detected, Hood will have plenty of time to fully recover before 2017-18 offseason programs begin.
Hood posted eight points (4-13 FG, 0-5 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and one steal over 35 minutes during Thursday's 115-104 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. Hood easily led the bench in minutes and saw more than any other starter outside of Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert. He couldn't quite replicate the shooting touch he'd displayed in Game 1, when a 6-for-12 effort from the field netted 12 points in 23 minutes. Despite some struggles, the third-year guard remained aggressive, and he's now averaging 12.5 shot attempts over the series' first two games. However, Hood has gone ice-cold from long distance since Game 6 of the first-round series against the Clippers, as he's now just 1-for-18 from behind the arc over the last four postseason contests.
Hood notched 18 points (6-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal across 35 minutes during Sunday's 105-98 win over the Clippers in Game 4 of the series. Hood enjoyed the best game of his postseason career in this one, managing series highs in points and rebounds while finishing third on the team in minutes. His role could continue to evolve as the two teams continue to modify their rotations on a game-by-game basis, but Hood's performance Sunday is certainly a step in the right direction after he combined to produce 24 points through the first three games.
Hood (knee) will play during Wednesday's tilt against the Spurs, the Jazz's radio voice David Locke reports. Hood, who has been bothered by a knee injury for much of the latter half of the season, will play during Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Spurs after being held out for rest Monday against the Warriors. It's unclear how much of a workload he'll take on, but expect Joe Ingles' and Alec Burks' roles to be reduced as a result.
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