A stretch of winnable games is standing between the Portland Trailblazers and a top-3 or top-4 seed in the Western Conference Standings, and it all starts on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
However, the Blazers might be without two key role players, as Rodney Hood (right hip) and Evan Turner (left knee) have been listed as questionable to play in Tuesday's game in LA.
Turner missed his second-straight game in Saturday's 127-120 win over the Phoenix Suns. Prior to playing 10 minutes in the game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies on March 5th, Turner missed the previous five games due to the knee injury.
Hood — who was expected to see a boost in minutes with Turner out — is now mending a sore right hip.
Hood left the game on Saturday due to the hip and did not return.
With the possibility that two of Portland's rotational players will be confined to the bench on Tuesday, the Blazers will have to lean on Seth Curry and Jake Layman to shoulder the extra load. Who knows, we may even see rookie Anfernee Simmons get some run.
Whether or not Turner and Hood are good to go remains to be seen, but even if the duo — who is averaging a combined 15 points per game — is held out, the recent run of Blazers performances could likely be enough to get the job done against the Clippers, and keep climbing in those standings.