Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Rodney Hood refused to come back in during the fourth quarter

Rodney Hood refused to come back in during the fourth quarter

Rodney Hood, whom the Cavs acquired from the Utah Jazz during their trade-deadline frenzy, has seen his playing time dwindle in the postseason, and he didn't play at all in Game 4.

Hood, 25, was acquired on February 8 in a trade with the Utah Jazz as part of a three-team deal that also brought George Hill to Cleveland.

Every Cavaliers player grabbed minutes in Monday night's 128-93 series-clinching Game 4 destruction of the Raptors - except Rodney Hood, who apparently didn't want to play at all.

CLEVELAND-Rodney Hood's playoff problems now extend to off the court.

Hood has struggled in the postseason. He lost his spot in the Cavaliers' rotation when Lue opted to play rookie Cedi Osman over him. Let's put Hood's behavior in Game 4 into context.

"Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed". 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. In 10 appearances, the 6-foot-8 swingman has averaged just 4.6 points per game - more than 6 points fewer than the 10.8 he averaged after being acquired by Cleveland from the Utah Jazz at the National Basketball Association trade deadline. They've already have more than enough in the a year ago, which plays benefits Hood's benefit this time.

According to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd, Lue wanted to sub Hood in for LeBron James with a little over seven minutes to play. "We're trying to win a championship", an unnamed Cavaliers player told The Athletic about Hood's behavior.

A source told ESPN that Hood "feels awful" and plans on apologizing to coaches and teammates for his insubordination. Hood's recent action may also affect his chance of returning to the Cavaliers next season as the team could just let him walk away as a restricted free agent and look for a better replacement in the upcoming offseason.

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