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

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the first half of Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors Saturday

It was a joyous Monday night for the Cleveland Cavaliers who swept the Toronto Raptors 4-0 after a 128-93 annihilation of the East's No. 1 seed in Game 4 of their series.

But he apparently had the chance to.

CLEVELAND-Rodney Hood's playoff problems now extend to off the court.

Hood was the only player on the Cavs' bench that did not see action in Game 4, and it was reported by The Athletic that several of his teammates were angry after Hood refused to check into the blowout win. "This isn't about you".

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.

Hood "feels terrible", 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. He has averaged just 4.6 points and shot less than 40 percent from the field, missing his last 10 3-point attempts.

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During Monday's Game 4 against the Raptors, the Cavaliers role-players finally stepped up, giving LeBron James a bit of relief from his Atlas-like duties of carrying the franchise on his shoulders. After the game, multiple sources told Lloyd that both players and team personnel were upset with Hood, who quickly departed the locker room.

So, when Lue pegged him for garbage time with 7:38 remaining and the Cavaliers leading 110-80, Hood reportedly refused to fill that role, and the Cavaliers turned to veteran Jose Calderon to close it out.

The Cavaliers acquired Hood from the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline as part of their midseason roster makeover.

In the long-term, Hood will become a restricted free agent this summer.

According to Lloyd, Cavs GM Koby Altman plans to meet with Hood to get his side of the story, though there are reports that a suspension could be in play.

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