Rodney Hood Refused To Enter Game 4 In 4th Quarter

Marcus Newton
May 9, 2018

A first-round pick in the 2014 draft, he averaged 16.8 points with the Jazz, but the 6-foot-8 left-hander has never found his rhythm with Cleveland, which is back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth straight season.

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

Hood has struggled so far this postseason. And through 10 games this postseason, he's managed just 4.6 points in 17 minutes per game.

According to the report, "a number of veterans huddled around him during the timeout and tried talking sense into him" after Hood's refusal to enter the game.

While Cavs players appeared enthused, one player perhaps, was not.

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. However, the 25-year old guard refused to enter the game, which angered some of his teammates.

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He said it wasn't much, but we'll see tomorrow, we'll do some tests to see the extend of the damage done to his ankle. "He's not great right now but I think it's going to be a small thing - it was only a bad movement", added Zidane.

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

The Pacers routed the Cavs 98-80 in Game 1, and Lue changed up his starting lineup afterward, playing Kyle Korver with the first unit and bringing Hood off the bench.

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

That shooting slump carried over to the Raptors series, with Hood shooting a miserable 1-of-9 from the floor in just 39 combined minutes across four games.

Hood will be a restricted free agent this summer.

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. But with an attitude unbecoming of a player that's part of a championship contender aside from his poor play, Hood's chances of a lucrative deal may have vanished into thin air.

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