SALT LAKE CITY — Just three days after many folks thought he might be out of action for a long time with a serious injury, Rodney Hood participated in portions of Jazz practice Monday afternoon. He could be ready to play as early as Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
Hood went down midway through the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game in Minnesota holding the back of his left leg. He couldn’t put any weight on it when he tried to stand and had to be carried off the floor by a couple of teammates.
The initial fear by many was that it could be an Achilles tendon injury, but minutes after the game, Jazz officials said it was a “left calf strain” and that he would be evaluated the next day. An MRI confirmed the minor injury and Hood was on the floor Monday afternoon in non-contact drills.
“He did the non-contact portion, so those portions of practice weren’t extremely taxing,” said coach Quin Snyder after practice. “It’s hard for me to gauge where he is on the recovery scale. We’re glad he was able to participate some, but he’s questionable for tomorrow so we’ll see.”
Hood missed much of the first game against Denver because of "gastric distress" issues, so he’s played just 41 total minutes so far this year, averaging 13.0 points on 56.3 percent shooting and 50 percent from 3-point range.