Cavs' Rodney Hood Refused To Play 4th Quarter vs. Raptors

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the first half of Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors Saturday

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the first half of Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors Saturday

As first reported by The Athletic, Hood refused to check into Game 4 when Cavs coach Tyronn Lue attempted to sub him in during a timeout with 7:38 remaining in the fourth quarter and Cleveland up 110-80. During a timeout, several players surrounded Hood to encourage him to enter the game, but he refused.

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

Rodney Hood will not be suspended or fined for refusing to enter the game in the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Raptors, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

Hood is a very good player but he's had a awful playoffs so far, averaging only 4.6 points on 39.6 percent shooting.

Hood has been struggling as of late and recently lost his starting spot in the lineup.

On Monday night in Cleveland, the Cavaliers put the last nail in the coffin of the Toronto Raptors with yet another dominating performance to sweep the series and move on to the conference finals.

The Cavs advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by sweeping the Raptors. However, the 25-year old guard refused to enter the game, which angered some of his teammates.

Some of his teammates may have thought that Rodney Hood is only thinking about himself and not what is good for the team.

Hood started Game 1 against IN, but after the Pacers beat the Cavs by 18, Lue changed his lineup. But the 25-year-old, considered a threat from beyond the arc, struggled mightily against IN, making just two of his 12 attempted 3-pointers.

Hood will be a restricted free agent this summer. In the first three games of the series, Hood scored a combined total of two points on 1-of-9 shooting over 39 minutes. "We're trying to win a championship", an unnamed Cavaliers player told The Athletic about Hood's behavior.

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