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

Dean Simpson
May 9, 2018

He has averaged just 4.6 points and shot less than 40 percent from the field, missing his last 10 3-point attempts. They've already have more than enough in the past year, which plays benefits Hood's benefit this time.

Hood was the only player on the Cavs' bench that did not see action in Game 4, and it was reported by The Athletic that several of his teammates were angry after Hood refused to check into the blowout win.

Hood only played seven minutes in the Cavs' Game 7 victory over in, and played a reduced role in the second round against Toronto.

Coach Tyronn Lue hinted prior to Game 4 that he was considering giving Osman a chance to play instead of Hood - who's also struggled defensively - and prior to the game said he had held a discussion with Hood and said "he could be better, he knows that". He's 2-for-15 from 3-point range in the postseason and a team-worst minus-67 in 170 playoff minutes.


A native of Meridian, MS, Hood is in his fourth National Basketball Association campaign and his first season with Cleveland. Rodney Hood refused to go into the game during the fourth quarter Monday, multiple sources told The Athletic, angering a number of teammates and those within the organization.

Whatever it takes, huh?

The Cleveland Cavaliers enjoyed a rout of the Toronto Raptors on Monday night to close out their Eastern Conference semifinals series with a sweep, but not everybody was happy about it.

In the short-term, Hood faces a fine or suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, Lloyd posited, but at the very least you would expect him to remain out of the rotation for the foreseeable future.


Hood will be a restricted free agent this summer.

He was acquired from the Utah Jazz in a three-team deal in February.

Is there any other possible explanation?

Since then, Hood has reportedly apologized to general manager Koby Altman for his refusal and plans on apologizing to the rest of the team once they're reunited.


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