Cleveland Cavaliers won't discipline Rodney Hood for refusal to play

09 May, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Virgil Todd
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The team won't fine or suspend the guard for his reported refusal to play Monday in Game 4 of his team's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Toronto Raptors, The Associated Press' Tom Withers reported Tuesday, citing a source familiar with the situation. "We're trying to win a championship", one anonymous Cavaliers player told Lloyd.

"When the Cavs called a timeout with a 30-point lead and 7:38 left Monday, (Tyronn) Lue tried inserting Hood for (LeBron) James", writes The Athletic.

Hood's scoring went from 16.8 points per game in Utah down to 10.8 points in Cleveland.

Hood was the only player not to play in Game 4, though the Cavs do not view what he did as an act of defiance, a source said. Instead, Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed.

He's a restricted free agent this summer and could have improved his bid for a long-term contract with a good showing in this postseason. It was the first time since joining the Cavs that Hood was clearly out of the rotation - and rightfully so.

Hood "feels terrible", according to the source, and he plans to apologize to his teammates and coaching staff in person as soon as they get back together after a couple of days off following a 4-0 sweep of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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CLEVELAND-Rodney Hood's playoff problems now extend to off the court.

His role diminished in the second round against the Raptors, averaging just 0.7 points on 11.1 percent shooting (going 0-for-3 from 3 in three games), 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 13.0 minutes per game.

It's an odd scene to watch play out at this point in the postseason, but it's also easy to see why Hood has been frustrated with his role on the Cavaliers of late.

The Cavaliers acquired Hood at the February 8 trade deadline from Utah. Let's put Hood's behavior in Game 4 into context.

According to Lloyd, Cavs GM Koby Altman plans to meet with Hood to get his side of the story, though there are reports that a suspension could be in play.

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