Hood refused to play in fourth quarter

Hood refused to play in fourth quarter

Rodney Hood left a sour note in an otherwise rousing Game 4 win for the Cleveland Cavaliers, refusing to go in during the winding minutes of the fourth quarter, with an already-substantial win over the Toronto Raptors, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic. "Hood dressed quickly and was one of the first players out of the locker room after the game".

"This is the playoffs", an anonymous Cleveland player said.

With the result of the game a formality, coach Tyronn Lue reportedly tried to sub Hood in, but the fourth-year wing refused the bench boss' order and balked at the pleas of teammates asking him to reconsider.

Hood's scoring went from 16.8 points per game in Utah down to 10.8 points in Cleveland. 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.

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.

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He's 2-for-15 from 3-point range in the postseason and a team-worst minus-67 in 170 playoff minutes.

The Cavs' front office, including general manager Koby Altman, met with Hood Tuesday and had a "great conversation", according to a source, and Hood expressed remorse for the incident.

Monday's game, which finished the sweep of the Raptors in front of the home fans, was the ideal chance for Hood to gain some rhythm, with almost nothing at stake and plenty of minutes to hoist from distance.

But with an apology to the team forthcoming and the Cavaliers seemingly uninterested in punishing Hood with a suspension or fine, it's possible that the team could put this all behind them in short order. In the first three games of the series, Hood scored a combined total of two points on 1-of-9 shooting over 39 minutes.

Hood joined the team in February as a part of the Cavaliers massive shake-up just before the trade deadline.

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