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

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Hood played significant minutes in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Pacers, averaging 6.3 points per game in 18.9 minutes across seven games.

Hood is a very good player but he's had a bad playoffs so far, averaging only 4.6 points on 39.6 percent shooting.

Hood was the only guy not to play in Game 4.

But one of the Cavaliers' potential role players was conspicuously absent from the game.

Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Rodney Hood apologized to general manager Koby Altman on Tuesday for declining to enter the game when his number was called on late in a 128-93 blowout win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night, a team source told ESPN.

All eyes were on Cavaliers' guard Rodney Hood who refused to check into the game as his replacement.

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The Athletic first reported that Hood had angered teammates and others in the organization by rejecting coach Tyronn Lue's instruction to enter the game. It was the only blemish on an otherwise impressive series sweep for the Cavs. It would have been Hood's first appearance in the game.

After struggling with inconsistency and not being able to rise to the No. 1 scorer role with the Jazz over the first half of the season, Hood has experienced a diminished role with the Cleveland Cavaliers since being traded in February.

Hood will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Hood, who lost his spot in the rotation to rookie Cedi Osman, shot only 39.6 percent from the field in the playoffs, including just 1-of-9 for the series against the Raptors. But with an attitude unbecoming of a player that's part of a championship contender aside from his poor play, Hood's chances of a lucrative deal may have vanished into thin air.

Some of his teammates may have thought that Rodney Hood is only thinking about himself and not what is good for the team.