Jazz guard Hood hoping to return Friday from knee injury

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Rodney Hood is hopeful he will play when the Utah Jazz return from the All-Star break against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

Hood has been out with a lateral collateral ligament sprain and bone contusion in his right knee since Feb. 1. He practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting hurt but said he's still not where he wants to be.

He says his goal has been to return for the game against Milwaukee, but he's waiting to evaluate his knee Thursday before committing.

The starting guard has averaged 13.7 points over 40 games. The Jazz miss his outside shooting and playmaking ability.

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