The Trail Blazers and Bulls are set to square off at 7:30 p.m. PST on NBCSNW Tuesday.

Prior to tip-off, Portland’s head coach Terry Stotts provided the current injury updates and went over the importance of decreasing the Bulls in transition.

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The Blazers at first noted forward Rodney Hood as doubtful for Tuesday’s contest due to a left quad stress.

However Hood will miss his third straight video game.

Coach Stotts stated pregame, “he’s doing much better, however he will not play tonight.”

Hood played simply five minutes last Friday against Golden State prior to suffering the strained left quad injury. He got one rebound in his limited minutes and did not go back to the contest in the second half.

Regardless of Hood feeling much better and improving, the team is most likely using severe caution with him after returning this year following a burst Achilles injury last December.

On the season, Hood is averaging 2.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.8 helps in 15.0 minutes per video game in his go back to the court.

Coach Stotts likewise discussed what the Blazers require to do to slow down the Bulls, who like to push the speed, while also interrupting Zach LaVine and Coby White.

“Returning, finding shooters … I believe the way Zach and Coby get to the rim in transition is something that all of us need to be aware of,” Stotts included.

Chicago will be shorthanded versus the Blazers.

The Bull will be without a total of four gamers due to COVID-19 procedures. Ryan Arcidiacono (health and wellness protocols), Chandler Hutchison (not with group – self separating), Lauri Markkanen (health and safety procedures) and Tomas Satoransky (not with team – self separating) are out.

On the season, Markkanen is averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds, while Hutchison has averaged 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13.0 minutes in 4 appearances.

Capture all the action between Portland and Chicago on NBCSNW, the main network of the Portland Path Blazers.