Trail Blazers’ Rodney Hood tears left Achilles tendon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Trail Blazers swingman Rodney Hood tore his left Achilles tendon in the first quarter Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The team announced the injury after Hood underwent an MRI.

The injury occurred with 3:29 left in the first quarter after Hood went up for a rebound over Lakers big man JaVale McGee.

Hood came down after grabbing the ball and immediately crumpled to the ground in pain. His teammates, as well as Lakers star LeBron James, huddled around him while members of the Blazers’ medical staff came to the floor to assess the situation.

After a few moments, Hood gingerly made his way off the floor and straight to the locker room with the help of two members of the Blazers’ medical staff.

Hood initially tweaked his left Achilles in Wednesday’s win over the Sacramento Kings.

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