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Cavaliers Rumors: Rodney Hood Refused to Enter 4th Quarter, Angered Teammates

Cavaliers Rumors: Rodney Hood Refused to Enter 4th Quarter, Angered Teammates

In Game 4, rookie Cedi Osman leapfrogged Hood's spot in Lue's rotation for the first time this postseason; Osman filled in with five points on 2-for-5 shooting (1-for-3 from 3), two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are rolling, having swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors in four games to earn some well-deserved rest before the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Athletic first reported that Hood declined coach Tyronn Lue's request to replace LeBron James with 7:38 left and the Cavs leading by 30, angering his teammates and others in the organization.

The Pacers routed the Cavs 98-80 in Game 1, and Lue changed up his starting lineup afterward, playing Kyle Korver with the first unit and bringing Hood off the bench. Hood refused, according to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd.

Hood struggled to find his rhythm in Cleveland's series against Toronto.

Rodney Hood was not one of those 12 players, and that was reportedly by choice.

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman met with Rodney Hood on Tuesday morning to give him a chance to explain himself.

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports that the Cavs are not planning to fine or suspend Hood and never considered doing so.

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. They've already have more than enough in the past year, which plays benefits Hood's benefit this time.

The 25-year-old was the only Cavalier not to see the floor that evening. 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.

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

The biggest reason for Hood's frustration is that he's set to become a restricted free agent this summer, and his short time in Cleveland has already likely tanked much of his potential value on the market.

Not punishing Hood is the simplest way to move on.

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