Rodney Hood Refused To Enter Game 4 In 4th Quarter

Rodney Hood Refused To Enter Game 4 In 4th Quarter

Rodney Hood Refused To Enter Game 4 In 4th Quarter

The Athletic's Jason Lloyd reported after Cleveland's 128-93 victory that Hood refused to enter the game in the fourth quarter, "angering a number of teammates and those within the organization". During a timeout, several players surrounded Hood to encourage him to enter the game, but he refused.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood made a selfish decision to refuse to check into his team's Game 4 blowout win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday, but it does not sound like the immature act is going to cost him anything.

"This is the playoffs", an anonymous Cleveland player told the website. It was the only blemish on an otherwise impressive series sweep for the Cavs.

Hood "feels terrible", 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 of days off following a 4-0 sweep of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Although Gordon Hayward's departure last summer was disappointing for the Utah Jazz, the void did create an opportunity for Rodney Hood. The reason why Lue tried to use him in the final minutes of Game 4 is not just to rest LeBron James but to help him find his rhythm and build a good chemistry with his teammates.

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"Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed".

The veteran swingman saw his minutes decrease in Round Two after averaging 6.3 points in 18.9 minutes per game in the first round against the Indiana Pacers.

That shooting slump carried over to the Raptors series, with Hood shooting a miserable 1-of-9 from the floor in just 39 combined minutes across four games.

UPDATE: Hood has apologized to Altman for the Game 4 incident, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

After his trade to the Cavs, Hood averaged 10.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting (35.2 percent from 3), 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21 regular-season games. "We're trying to win a championship", a Cavs player told Lloyd.

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