Rodney Hood Refused to Enter Cavs-Raptors Game In Fourth Quarter

Heather Diaz
May 9, 2018

As first reported by The Athletic, Hood refused to check into Game 4 when Cavs coach Tyronn Lue attempted to sub him in during a timeout with 7:38 remaining in the fourth quarter and Cleveland up 110-80.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Rodney Hood reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Philadelphia.

Acquired from the Utah Jazz at the National Basketball Association trade deadline, Hood mostly has been a disappointment in Cleveland.

It was a joyous Monday night for the Cleveland Cavaliers who swept the Toronto Raptors 4-0 after a 128-93 annihilation of the East's No. 1 seed in Game 4 of their series.

"This is the playoffs", an anonymous Cleveland player told the website.

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The Cavaliers expected Hood to be a solid three-and-D player, but as of now, he struggled to make himself fit in LeBron James' team.

Thus far this postseason Hood has averaged just 4.6 points per game and is shooting only 13% from beyond the arc, and throughout the Cavaliers series against the Raptors had continued to lose minutes in the rotation in favor of rookie Cedi Osman.

Rodney Hood refused to enter the game when summoned in the fourth quarter Monday, angering a number of teammates, according to multiple sources. They did so without an appearance from Rodney Hood.

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman reportedly plans to meet Hood to give him the opportunity to explain himself. The 25-year-old has seen his minutes dwindle throughout the Cavs' playoff run, with Monday' night's DNP representing a new low. But the pending restricted free agent refused, despite the efforts of his teammates to "talk sense" into him. But with an attitude unbecoming of a player that's part of a championship contender aside from his poor play, Hood's chances of a lucrative deal may have vanished into thin air.

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