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Cavs’ Rodney Hood to return vs. Rockets, but will be on a minutes restriction

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The Cleveland Cavaliers take on reigning MVP James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Friday, and Cavs shooting guard Rodney Hood will play after missing the previous three games.

Hood has been dealing with a nagging left Achilles injury. The 26-year-old will be on a minutes restriction versus Houston, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

Rodney Hood has played in 34 games this season for the Cavs. The lefty is averaging 12.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from beyond the arc, and 89.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Hood is the third-leading scorer on Cleveland, trailing only shooting guard Jordan Clarkson (17.3) and rookie point guard Collin Sexton (14.6).

The Cavs are 8-34 on the season, 15th place in the Eastern Conference standings. The team enters Friday on an 11-game losing streak. The Rockets game is the second of a six-game Western Conference road trip for the club.

It’s going to be tough for Cleveland to defeat Houston on the road, but the Cavs did beat the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly and also the Rockets at home back in November, so you never know what can happen. Either way, it will be good to have Rodney Hood back on the floor for the wine and gold.

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