Rodney Hood refused to play in garbage time won't be disciplined David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
09 May, 2018, 01:02
"An opposing executive texted Lloyd: "(Hood) is not built for this", and now we're seeing why. Rodney Hood refused to go into the game during the fourth quarter Monday, multiple sources told The Athletic, angering a number of teammates and those within the organization. He's averaging 4.6 points and 17 minutes per game through the Cavs' first 10 playoff games.
Monday's game, which finished the sweep of the Raptors in front of the home fans, was the flawless chance for Hood to gain some rhythm, with almost nothing at stake and plenty of minutes to hoist from distance.
"Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed".
Hood is a very good player but he's had a bad playoffs so far, averaging only 4.6 points on 39.6 percent shooting.
His role diminished in the second round against the Raptors, averaging just 0.7 points on 11.1 percent shooting (going 0-for-3 from 3 in three games), 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 13.0 minutes per game. "Hood dressed quickly and was one of the first players out of the locker room after the game".
In the long-term, Hood will become a restricted free agent this summer.
Cleveland will await the victor of the Philadelphia 76ers-Boston Celtics series in the Eastern Conference Finals.
It's an odd scene to watch play out at this point in the postseason, but it's also easy to see why Hood has been frustrated with his role on the Cavaliers of late.
Still, Hood is a 25-year-old who was once thought to be in line for a hefty raise when he emerged as a scoring threat on a 50-win Utah Jazz team last season, and the Cavaliers gave up a significant piece - the two-plus years remaining on Jae Crowder's team-friendly contract - to get him in Cleveland. Let's put Hood's behavior in Game 4 into context.
"The Cavs' front office and Hood had a conversation Tuesday morning, and Hood feels badly for causing a distraction at a time when the focus should be on Cleveland's sweep of the Raptors and spot in the conference finals".
If Hood's explanation for his actions isn't sufficient, a suspension could be forthcoming.
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