Cavs' Rodney Hood Refused To Play In 4th Quarter

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Hood scored just two points in the first three games of this series and is averaging 4.6 points for the playoffs on.133 shooting from 3-point range. "We're trying to win a championship".

The Cleveland Cavaliers are rolling, having swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors in four games to earn some well-deserved rest before the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Hood was the only player not to play in Game 4, though the Cavs do not view what he did as an act of defiance, a source said.

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". For the playoffs, Hood has posted a plus-minus of -67.

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The Athletic's Jason Lloyd reported after Cleveland's 128-93 victory that Hood refused to enter the game in the fourth quarter, "angering a number of teammates and those within the organization".

The Cleveland Cavaliers enjoyed a rout of the Toronto Raptors on Monday night to close out their Eastern Conference semifinals series with a sweep, but not everybody was happy about it.

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With Hood set to become a restricted free agent this summer, it's easy to imagine why he might be frustrated with his diminished role in the Cavaliers system, but he has since apologized for his actions. After the game, multiple sources told Lloyd that both players and team personnel were upset with Hood, who quickly departed the locker room. Hood balked, and his refusal to play put him at odds with his team. A suspension or fine would keep this a story, and the Cavs don't want that drama. Hood joined the team in February as a part of the Cavaliers massive shake-up just before the trade deadline. Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman will reportedly meet with Hood in an attempt to get Hood's perspective on the matter.

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