Cavs' Rodney Hood Refused To Play In 4th Quarter: Report
Cleveland Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue had the luxury emptying his bench during the fourth quarter Game 4 last night, as the Cavs routed the Raptors 128-93 en route to a four-game sweep. 12 different Cavs players took the court last night, but not Rodney Hood, who reportedly refused to enter the game late in the fourth while the Cavs were up by 30.
According to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd, Lue wanted to sub Hood in for LeBron James with a little over seven minutes to play. However, the 25-year old guard refused to enter the game, which angered some his teammates. "This is the playfs," one his teammates reportedly said. "We're trying to win a championship. This isn't about you."
Hood, who was the only member the Cavs not to log any minutes last night, only played in 39 minutes through the first three games, scoring just two points on 1--9 shooting. In the Cavs' 10 playf games, he has averaged 4.6 points per game on 39.6% shooting and just 13.3% from three-point range.
"Rodney, he could be better," Lue said prior to last night's game, according to Jason Lloyd. "He knows that."
According to Lloyd, Cavs GM Koby Altman plans to meet with Hood to get his side the story, though there are reports that a suspension could be in play.