Cavs won't ban Rodney Hood over refusal to enter game

Rodney Hood

The Cavs could easily suspend him for conduct detrimental to the team - and while that will make little difference for someone now clearly out of the rotation - it will take some checks away until he starts caring.

"This is not him as a person at all, he's a team player and wants what's best for the team", one source familiar with the discussion told Vardon.

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 veteran swingman saw his minutes decrease in Round Two after averaging 6.3 points in 18.9 minutes per game in the first round against the Indiana Pacers.

Cleveland general manager Koby Altman meet with Hood on Tuesday, and the former Jazz guard offered an apology for declining to enter the game in the fourth quarter.

On Monday night in Cleveland, the Cavaliers put the last nail in the coffin of the Toronto Raptors with yet another dominating performance to sweep the series and move on to the conference finals.

The Cavs won't play until next Wednesday, May 16, at the earliest.

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.

As of now, it remains unknown why Rodney Hood decided not to play in Game 4.

With the result of the game a formality, coach Tyronn Lue reportedly tried to sub Hood in, but the fourth-year wing refused the bench boss' order and balked at the pleas of teammates asking him to reconsider.

A source told ESPN that Hood "feels awful" and plans on apologizing to coaches and teammates for his insubordination. In the Cavs' 10 playoff games, he has averaged 4.6 points per game on 39.6% shooting and just 13.3% from three-point range. "We're trying to win a championship".

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