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

Final Thoughts: On a series sweep, a poorly timed 'SNL' skit and Rodney Hood's fourth-quarter antics

Final Thoughts: On a series sweep, a poorly timed 'SNL' skit and Rodney Hood's fourth-quarter antics

As reported by Jason Lloyd at The Athletic, Cavaliers swingman Rodney Hood refused to enter the game in the fourth quarter, despite pleas for him to do so from his coach and some veteran teammates.

On the outside looking in, it looked as if the Cavs had no issues throughout the game, but that was until the 4th quarter came and problems arose.

Before the February trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Rodney Hood with the hope that he could strengthen their chance of reclaiming the National Basketball Association championship title this season.

Every Cavaliers player grabbed minutes in Monday night's 128-93 series-clinching Game 4 destruction of the Raptors - except Rodney Hood, who apparently didn't want to play at all.

The Cavaliers expected Hood to be a solid three-and-D player, but as of now, he struggled to make himself fit in LeBron James' team.

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Hood is only averaging 4.6 points and 17.0 minutes in 11 playoff games this postseason.

Although Gordon Hayward's departure last summer was disappointing for the Utah Jazz, the void did create an opportunity for Rodney Hood. However, the 25-year old guard refused to enter the game, which angered some of his teammates.

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. We'll see how much time Lue gives him when the Cavs play in the Eastern Conference Finals-likely against the Boston Celtics, who lead the Philadelphia 76ers 3-1 and could close out that series Wednesday.

Hood only played seven minutes in the Cavs' Game 7 victory over in, and played a reduced role in the second round against Toronto.

Since then, Hood has reportedly apologized to general manager Koby Altman for his refusal and plans on apologizing to the rest of the team once they're reunited.

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