Cleveland guard Rodney Hood will not be suspended or fined for refusing to enter the game in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' blowout victory over Toronto on Monday, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. "We're trying to win a championship", one anonymous Cavaliers player told Lloyd.
Hood scored just 2 points on 1-of-9 shooting in three appearances against the Raptors.
The stunt certainly raised eyebrows across the organization. However, ESPN reports that he has already apologized to Cleveland general manager Koby Altman and plans to say sorry to his teammates as well.
"This is the playoffs".
Hood has missed his last 10 3-point attempts and averaged 4.6 points in the Cavaliers' first two playoff series. "This isn't about you".
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.
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"Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed".
Hood started Game 1 against IN, but after the Pacers beat the Cavs by 18, Lue changed his lineup.
The 25-year-old Hood is averaging 4.6 points in 17 minutes in the post-season.
Originally taken in with the 23rd overall selection of the 2014 NBA Draft out of Duke, Hood was acquired from the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline as part of the Cavs' radical roster makeover. It's not a stretch to think that Hood didn't want to be seen as an end-of-game minutes-eater when he's hoping to grow his value to potential suitors.
If Hood's explanation for his actions isn't sufficient, a suspension could be forthcoming.