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

"This is the playoffs", an anonymous Cleveland player said. But with an attitude unbecoming of a player that's part of a championship contender aside from his poor play, Hood's chances of a lucrative deal may have vanished into thin air. "This isn't about you".

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 of days off following a 4-0 sweep of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"Rodney, he could be better", Lue said before Game 4.

Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that Hood was scheduled to meet with coach Tyronn Lue to discuss his decision to turn down playing time in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's series-clinching win at home on Monday night.

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Monday's game, which finished the sweep of the Raptors in front of the home fans, was the ideal chance for Hood to gain some rhythm, with almost nothing at stake and plenty of minutes to hoist from distance. After the game, multiple sources told Lloyd that both players and team personnel were upset with Hood, who quickly departed the locker room. 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.

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.

According to Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon, Hood expressed remorse and will not be disciplined for refusing to go in and after a conversation with Cavs general manager Koby Altman. 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. The 25-year-old is averaging 4.6 points in 17 minutes and hasn't looked comfortable in Cleveland's offense.

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