Cavs' Rodney Hood Refused To Play In 4th Quarter

Rodney Hood

As reported by Jason Lloyd at The Athletic, Cavaliers swingman Rodney Hood refused to enter the game in the fourth quarter, despite pleas for him to do so from his coach and some veteran teammates.

Hood "feels very bad", according to the source, and he plans to apologize to his teammates and coaching staff in person as soon as they get back together after a couple days off following a 4-0 sweep of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

He's a restricted free agent this summer and could have improved his bid for a long-term contract with a good showing in this postseason.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue attempted to sub in Hood with 7:38 left and the Cavaliers leading by 30 points.

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.

Rodney Hood refused to enter the game when summoned in the fourth quarter Monday, angering a number of teammates, according to multiple sources.

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Hood, who has struggled for most of the postseason, was replaced in the rotation for Game 4 by rookie Cedi Osman. Lue told Hood to check in but he refused, and guard Jose Calderon peeled off his warmup gear and jogged to the scorer's table.

Hood has struggled since Cleveland acquired him at the National Basketball Association trade deadline.

According to Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon, Hood expressed remorse and will not be disciplined for refusing to go in and after a conversation with Cavs general manager Koby Altman.

Hood scored just two points in the first three games of this series and is averaging 4.6 points for the playoffs on.133 shooting from 3-point range. It's not a stretch to think that Hood didn't want to be seen as an end-of-game minutes-eater when he's hoping to grow his value to potential suitors.

If Hood's explanation for his actions isn't sufficient, a suspension could be forthcoming.

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