Cavs Reportedly Won't Punish Rodney Hood for Refusing to Enter Game 4

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

According to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd (subscription required to read), Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue tried to substitute Hood in for James with a 30-point lead with a little more than seven minutes to play. In fact, 14 of Cleveland's players saw action in Game 4 - everyone except Hood. Lue told Hood to check in but he refused, and guard Jose Calderon peeled off his warmup and jogged to the scorer's table. The Cavs hammered the Toronto Raptors 128-93 to complete the four-game sweep in the Eastern semifinals, and in the fourth quarter Hood declined when the coaching staff tried to send him onto the court.

The Pacers routed the Cavs 98-80 in Game 1, and Lue changed up his starting lineup afterward, playing Kyle Korver with the first unit and bringing Hood off the bench.

He had a rough series, going just 1-of-9 from the floor and scoring two points in 39 minutes through the first three games.

Hood struggled to find his rhythm in Cleveland's series against Toronto. Hood won't be able to improve those numbers if he doesn't play.

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Per Lloyd, Cavs general manager Koby Altman intends to meet with Hood to give him a chance to explain himself. The Cavaliers will reportedly not fine or suspend Hood for his actions.

Hood came to Cleveland on the trade deadline from the Utah Jazz as part of the mid-season rebuild. They've already have more than enough in the a year ago, which plays benefits Hood's benefit this time. He hasn't especially clicked within the Cavaliers system and has seen his role dwindle even further as the playoffs rolled on. Hood's 3-point shooting also went down nearly four percentage points with the Cavs.

The biggest reason for Hood's frustration is that he's set to become a restricted free agent this summer, and his short time in Cleveland has already likely tanked much of his potential value on the market.

But with an apology to the team forthcoming and the Cavaliers seemingly uninterested in punishing Hood with a suspension or fine, it's possible that the team could put this all behind them in short order.

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