Cavs' Rodney Hood Refused To Play 4th Quarter vs. Raptors

09 May, 2018, 01:19 | Author: Judy Cobb
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Rodney Hood will reportedly not face any discipline from the Cleveland Cavaliers after refusing to enter their Game 4 win over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday.

But he apparently had the chance to.

According to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd (subscription required to read), Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue tried to substitute Hood in for James with a 30-point lead with a little more than seven minutes to play.

"This is the playoffs", an anonymous Cleveland player told the website. "We're trying to win a championship. This isn't about you".

The person said Hood expressed regret for the incident and "didn't want to be a distraction".

It goes on: "A number of veterans huddled around him during the timeout and tried talking sense into him, but Hood still refused to go, so Jose Calderon subbed into the game instead".

While The Athletic reported that several of Hood's teammates were "angered" by his decision and that the organization could consider suspending him, a team source told ESPN on Tuesday that suspending Hood was "not even a thought".

Before the February trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Rodney Hood with the hope that he could strengthen their chance of reclaiming the National Basketball Association championship title this season.

Hood has been struggling as of late and recently lost his starting spot in the lineup. However, Hood, who had yet to play, refused. The 25-year-old swingman had not previously played in the Cleveland victory after being replaced in the Cavs' rotation by rookie Cedi Osman.

Hood is averaging a putrid 4.6 points per game and has shot less than 40 percent since the start of the postseason. But the 25-year-old, considered a threat from beyond the arc, struggled mightily against IN, making just two of his 12 attempted 3-pointers. The Cavaliers will be needing all the help they could get in order to fully dominate the Eastern Conference and beat the team that will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.

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