Hood Ruptures Left Achilles, Likely Out For The Season

by Casey Holdahl
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PORTLAND -- It's been a rough start to the 2019-20 season for the Portland Trail Blazers, especially in regard to injuries. And it got a whole lot worse Friday night.

Trail Blazers forward Rodney Hood suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in the first quarter of Friday night's game versus the Lakers at the Moda Center.

Hood went down while trying to corral a rebound with 3:27 to play in the first quarter and had to be helped to the locker room. And MRI later revealed a torn left Achilles, meaning it is all but certain that the 6-8 forward will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season, and perhaps longer.

The Trail Blazers acquired Hood at the trade deadline last season and were able to re-sign the forward as a free agent despite only having the midlevel exception to offer.

"It was a lot of deep thought between me and my family," said Hood after signing with Portland. "Obviously my time here has been great. The first couple months, getting traded here, the fanbase really embraced me, the coaching staff, the players, the community. I feel like this is really a place where I wanted to be, I felt it in my heart. I just think it was the best decision for me."

Hood's play to start the season was one of the bright spots of the first seven weeks of Portland's regular season. The Duke product was averaging 11.5 points on 51 percent shooting from the field and 49 percent from three, both far better than his career averages, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 20 starts this season.

With Hood out for the season, either Kent Bazemore or Mario Hezonja likely moves to the starting lineup.

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