Rodney Hood Refused to Enter Game in 4th Quarter, Angered Multiple Teammates

Sherman Parsons
May 9, 2018

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue attempted to sub in Hood with 7:38 left and the Cavaliers leading by 30 points.

"Rodney, he could be better", Lue said before Game 4.

The Cavaliers acquired Hood from the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline as part of their midseason roster makeover.

That disappointment apparently culminated with Hood refusing to enter Game 4 of the Cavs' Eastern Conferece semifinals-clinching victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

"(Hood) is not built for (the playoffs)", an opposing executive texted Lloyd before the postseason began. It was the only blemish on an otherwise impressive series sweep for the Cavs.

So far in the postseason, Hood is shooting 39.6% from the field and an terrible 2 for 15 (13 percent) on 3-pointers.

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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.

Earlier in the game, rookie Cedi Osman came in with the second unit and played the minutes that had been going to Hood in Lue's rotation.

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.

UPDATE: Hood has apologized to Altman for the Game 4 incident, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

Hood is clearly frustrated, but you'd still expect more mature conduct from a 25-year-old making his first deep postseason run.

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", an unnamed Cavaliers player told The Athletic about Hood's behavior.

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