Hood (neck) went through practice on both Thursday and Friday, Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
It appears the lingering neck injury that had been bothering Hood has subsided. As a result, he should be expected to play during the team's regular-season opener unless information to the contrary emerges.
Hood (neck) has officially been ruled out for the rest of Tuesday's exhibition against the Lakers, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
The fact that it's being listed as soreness makes it appear to be a minor ailment, though any injury involving the neck is always concerning. With just over a week until the regular-season opener against the Nuggets, Hood should have plenty of time to rest up and make a full recovery, but additional updates on his availability should be provided as he progresses through his recovery.
Hood left after just four minutes and while there's a chance he could still return, it seems highly unlikely considering it's still the preseason. Look for additional updates on his status following Tuesday's game, which should give us a better indication regarding whether or not he could miss more time.
Hood posted eight points (3-4 FG, 2-3 3Pt) and one rebound across 14 minutes in Monday's 120-102 exhibition win over the Suns.
Hood wasn't out there very long, but he provided nice returns during his modest time on the court. The fourth-year wing's shot has been a highlight of the preseason through the Jazz's first three games, as he's now carrying a 65.4 percent success rate (17-for-26) from the field, including a blistering 75.0 percent (9-for-12) from three-point range.
After sitting out Wednesday's tilt against Maccabi Haifa for rest, Hood continued his red-hot start to the exhibition slate Friday. He's now drained 14 of 22 shot attempts through his first pair of games, including seven of nine from the behind the arc. It's a welcome sight for the fourth-year guard after injuries limited him to 59 games last season and his field-goal percentage fell to a career-low 40.8 percent. Hood is currently slated as the starting small forward, shifting over from his prior two-guard role. His new position should afford him additional rebounding opportunities, a nice complement to his typically solid contributions in the areas of overall scoring and three-pointers. Moreover, with offensive threats George Hill and Gordon Hayward now elsewhere, Hood's overall usage should see a notable boost in the coming season.
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