Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Cavs G Hood apologizes for refusing to enter Game 4

Cavs G Hood apologizes for refusing to enter Game 4

With the Cavaliers sitting on a 30-point lead midway in the fourth quarter, coach Tyronn Lue wanted to swap Hood in for LeBron James during a timeout.

Hood, who was the only member of the Cavs not to log any minutes last night, only played in 39 minutes through the first three games, scoring just two points on 1-of-9 shooting.

Acquired from the Utah Jazz at the National Basketball Association trade deadline, Hood mostly has been a disappointment in Cleveland.

Guard Rodney Hood was the only active player on the Cavaliers' roster that did not log any minutes in their Game 4 closeout victory over the Raptors on Monday.

It's an odd scene to watch play out at this point in the postseason, but it's also easy to see why Hood has been frustrated with his role on the Cavaliers of late. Instead, Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed. They've already have more than enough in the past year, which plays benefits Hood's benefit this time.

Rodney Hood #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during game four of the NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 22, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Let's put Hood's behavior in Game 4 into context. Had Hood played in the final minutes, he could have changed Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue's perception about him.

Hood was set to meet with Cavs management today, and a suspension was reportedly an option for punishment.

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. "We're trying to win a championship". Lue's decision could be based on Hood's performance in the first-round where he only averaged 6.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting from the field and 16.7 percent from beyond the arc.

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