The 25-year-old lefty saw a short cameo on Sunday's Game 2, with four minutes of garbage time, logging two points, a rebound, and an assist in his short bit of action - yet Lue has been giving Smith major minutes that have only combined into woeful shooting percentages, missed opportunities, and a frightful gaffe that could go down the history books as what kickstarted a ghastly NBA Finals.
Hood, who began this postseason in Cleveland's starting lineup, has been mostly a nonfactor during the Cavs' spring run which included him refusing to check into the final minutes of a blowout win over Toronto in the second round.
"You lose a game and you feel like the world is coming down", he continued. He's been working to play, and he's going to get opportunities.
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"It's hard because they switch out on everything", Lue said. Left-handed. A little bit unorthodox in the way that he plays. Playing efficiently for a team with James is another. This season, before being traded to Cleveland, he had a strong game against Golden State, with 26 points on 9-for-20 shooting (2-for-5 from 3), five rebounds and three steals on December 27.
Despite the fact that Hood turned some heads after he refused to check into a game earlier in the playoffs, it appears as though his teammates and coaches still support him and have moved on from the incident. "Other guys around the league been talking to me, sending me messages and just telling me to stay ready, and if my number is called just play and have fun, don't put too much pressure on myself". "That gives all of us a lot of confidence that he can come in and make an impact".
"Just going out there and try to help the team, on offense be aggressive and on defense just be physical", he said. Rodney Hood was having a solid contract year in Utah putting up near 17 points per game and shooting a respectable 38.9 percent from deep.