Friday, 25 May, 2018

Hood refused to play in fourth quarter

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In the first three games of the series, Hood scored a combined total of two points on 1-of-9 shooting over 39 minutes. Hood won't be able to improve those numbers if he doesn't play. "We're trying to win a championship", one anonymous Cavaliers player told Lloyd.

Cleveland will await the victor of the Philadelphia 76ers-Boston Celtics series in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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".

Monday's game, which finished the sweep of the Raptors in front of the home fans, was the flawless chance for Hood to gain some rhythm, with almost nothing at stake and plenty of minutes to hoist from distance. A number of veterans huddled around him during the timeout and tried talking sense into him, but Hood still refused to go, so Jose Calderon subbed into the game instead. He's 2-for-15 from 3-point range in the postseason and a team-worst minus-67 in 170 playoff minutes.

Rodney Hood, whom the Cavs acquired from the Utah Jazz during their trade-deadline frenzy, has seen his playing time dwindle in the postseason, and he didn't play at all in Game 4. Hood ended up averaging 6.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting (16.7 percent from 3), 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 18.9 minutes per game against Indiana.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are prepared to let Rodney Hood slide for the greater good.

In the long-term, Hood will become a restricted free agent this summer.

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.

Cleveland management is reportedly set to meet with Hood. Hood, 25, was acquired on February 8 in a trade with the Utah Jazz as part of a three-team deal that also brought George Hill to Cleveland.

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