Hood (illness) has been cleared to play Thursday against Brooklyn, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Hood was dealing with a stomach illness as of Wednesday, but he appears to have moved past it and shouldn't be limited as the Blazers return from the break. The ex-Cavalier has played in four games with his new team, averaging 9.8 points and 1.5 made threes in 22.8 minutes per game.
Hood is probable for Thursday's game against the Nets due to a gastrointestinal illness, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Hood missed Wednesday's practice while dealing with the issue, but there seems to be confidence that he'll be able to take the court for Portland's first game after the All-Star break. Since joining the Trail Blazers, he's averaging 9.8 points and 1.3 rebounds on 66.7 percent shooting across 22.8 minutes.
Hood tallied 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt), three rebounds, and one steal in 25 minutes during Thursday's 127-118 victory over San Antonio.
Hood made his debut for the Trail Blazers, finishing with 14 points in 25 minutes off the bench. He soaked up a lot of the backup guard minutes, relegating Seth Curry to just seven minutes. This is likely what is to be expected from Hood moving forward, making him more of a deep league option.
While it's unclear if Hood will make his Blazers debut Tuesday against Miami, coach Terry Stotts indicated that he'll be a part of the rotation as soon as he's able to play, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports. "Obviously we got a player who can help us right away," Stotts said. "Rodney's a high-character guy. He's got good length on the wing, he can shoot mid-range and threes, (has) good length as a defender. So I think it helps our team. He'll come in and play right away."
Hood is still getting settled in his new home, so it's possible he could end up missing Tuesday's game, but he's expected to be in the rotation by Thursday (vs. San Antonio) at the latest. It's unclear whose minutes Hood will cut into, but his ability to play and guard three positions should give Stotts several options. Freeman speculates that Jake Layman could cede playing time to Hood, though the Maryland product has played well of late as the Blazers have climbed up the Western Conference standings. Hood will also battle Seth Curry, Moe Harkless and Evan Turner for minutes, and Stotts acknowledged that the addition of the former-Cavalier will entail an adjustment. "There's going to be a transition period for everybody," Stotts said. "When you trade two players who were not in the rotation for a guy who will be in the rotation, there will be a trickle-down effect. There's going to be an adjustment. But I'm comfortable enough with Rodney to know that he'll adjust well. It'll be gradual. We're still going to rely on our main guys and go from there."
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