Cavaliers not disciplining Rodney Hood for not entering game, source says

Cavs' Rodney Hood Angered His Teammates & Possibly Lost The Locker Room After His Game 4 Stunt

Report: Cavs' Hood refused to enter game in 4th quarter

While the Cavs bask in the afterglow of a second round sweep, everything for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs isn't peaches and cream.

His refusal to play during "garbage minutes" upset a few members of the team, who questioned his motives following the game.

Hood started Game 1 against IN, but after the Pacers beat the Cavs by 18, Lue changed his lineup.

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But one of the Cavaliers' potential role players was conspicuously absent from the game.

After struggling with inconsistency and not being able to rise to the No. 1 scorer role with the Jazz over the first half of the season, Hood has experienced a diminished role with the Cleveland Cavaliers since being traded in February.

With the result of the game a formality, coach Tyronn Lue reportedly tried to sub Hood in, but the fourth-year wing refused the bench boss' order and balked at the pleas of teammates asking him to reconsider.

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With Cleveland leading 110-80 and on its way to sweeping the series, the Cavs called a timeout to replace superstar LeBron James. Hood, who has had a brutal postseason, was jumped in the rotation by rookie Cedi Osman. Had Hood played in the final minutes, he could have changed Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue's perception about him. In 10 appearances, the 6-foot-8 swingman has averaged just 4.6 points per game - more than 6 points fewer than the 10.8 he averaged after being acquired by Cleveland from the Utah Jazz at the National Basketball Association trade deadline. "We're trying to win a championship", an unnamed Cavaliers player told The Athletic about Hood's behavior.

While The Athletic reported that several of Hood's teammates were "angered" by his decision and that the organization could consider suspending him, a team source told ESPN on Tuesday that suspending Hood was "not even a thought".

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