Cavs Reportedly Won't Punish Rodney Hood for Refusing to Enter Game 4

Ruben Holloway
May 9, 2018

With 7:30 remaining and victory imminent, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue called timeout and tried to insert Hood, according to Lloyd. During a timeout, several players surrounded Hood to encourage him to enter the game, but he refused.

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.

The Cavs hammered the Toronto Raptors 128-93 to complete the four-game sweep in the Eastern semifinals, and in the fourth quarter Hood declined when the coaching staff tried to send him onto the court.

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His refusal to play during "garbage minutes" upset a few members of the team, who questioned his motives following the game. Hood started Game 1 of the Cavs' first-round series against the Pacers, scoring nine points in a 98-80 loss. 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. However, the fourth-year player refused to enter the game, angering his teammates.

According to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd, Lue wanted to sub Hood in for LeBron James with a little over seven minutes to play.

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman reportedly plans to meet Hood to give him the opportunity to explain himself.

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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.

Hood started Game 1 against IN, but after the Pacers beat the Cavs by 18, Lue changed his lineup.

The biggest reason for Hood's frustration is that he's set to become a restricted free agent this summer, and his short time in Cleveland has already likely tanked much of his potential value on the market.

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So far in the postseason, Hood is shooting 39.6% from the field and an very bad 2 for 15 (13 percent) on 3-pointers. "We're trying to win a championship", an unnamed Cavaliers player told The Athletic about Hood's behavior.

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