Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Rodney Hood won't face punishment after meeting with GM Koby Altman

Rodney Hood won't face punishment after meeting with GM Koby Altman

Rodney Hood hasn't clicked with the Cavaliers offense since joining Cleveland in February, and on Monday night his frustrations boiled over to the point where he refused to enter the game in the midst of a fourth quarter blowout against the Raptors.

But he apparently had the chance to.

Hood has not played well in the playoffs, and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said before Game 4 that the 25-year-old guard "could be better" and knows it. "We're trying to win a championship".

There was some thought that Hood could be suspended for the incident, but multiple reports have said he will not be punished. The four-year veteran will hit restricted free agency this summer.

Hood "feels bad", according to the source, and he plans to apologize to his teammates and coaching staff in person as soon as they get back together after a couple days off following a 4-0 sweep of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

With Cleveland leading 110-80 and on its way to sweeping the series, the Cavs called timeout to replace superstar LeBron James.

But one of the Cavaliers' potential role players was conspicuously absent from the game. "It was a great opportunity for a struggling youngster to try to find his rhythm without any pressure before the next series". Had Hood played in the final minutes, he could have changed Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue's perception about him.

Hood scored just 2 points on 1-of-9 shooting in three appearances against the Raptors.

Hood explained to Altman, according to a team source, that he said something to the effect of, "I'm good, I'm fine, play the other guys", when asked to go in Monday.

Rodney Hood, who has been subpar during the playoffs and lost his spot in the rotation as a result, refused to enter the game during the fourth quarter. The Cavs are not viewing Hood's decision as an "act of defiance", the team source told ESPN, and Lue did not take it as a personal slight.

In 10 games this postseason, he has averaged 4.6 points on 39.6 percent shooting and 13.3 percent from beyond the arc.

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