Cavs' Rodney Hood Refused To Play 4th Quarter vs. Raptors
May 09, 2018, 01:15
Hood is a very good player but he's had a bad playoffs so far, averaging only 4.6 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Rodney Hood suspiciously registered zero minutes.
Almost everyone in a Cavs uniform was in good spirits except perhaps one bench player.
Hood feels bad about the incident that happened with 7:38 left in the fourth quarter, and he expressed remorse on Tuesday to team officials about becoming a distraction, said the person who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
"Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed". After appearing in the Cavs' first 10 postseason games, the reserve guard had yet to play in what would be a 128-93 blowout victory, effectively losing his spot in the rotation to rookie Cedi Osman.
Numerous teammates tried talking to Hood to get him to check into the game, but he wouldn't budge.
Hood was set to meet with Cavs management today, and a suspension was reportedly an option for punishment.
The Cavs will not suspend Hood for refusing to play, but he probably shouldn't expect to see a lot of time on the court moving forward.
With Cleveland leading 110-80 and on its way to sweeping the series, the Cavs called a timeout to replace superstar LeBron James.
The Cavaliers acquired Hood at the February 8 trade deadline from Utah.
Hood has averaged just 5.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game through the playoffs, but even that modest output was on the wane through Games 1 to 3 against the Raptors, as the inconsistent swingman struggled at both ends of the floor. But the pending restricted free agent refused, despite the efforts of his teammates to "talk sense" into him.
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