Cavs' Hood refused to enter game in 4th quarter

Cleveland Cavaliers' Rodney Hood reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Friday

Cleveland Cavaliers' Rodney Hood reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Friday

The Cleveland Cavaliers destroyed the Toronto Raptors to sweep their way into the Eastern Conference finals yet again, but there may be some tension inside the Cavs' locker room after Rodney Hood refused to enter Game 4 in the fourth quarter Monday.

After losing his usual spot in the Cavaliers' rotation in Game 4, Hood refused to enter the game in the fourth quarter, multiple sources told The Athletic's Jason Lloyd.

According to the report, "a number of veterans huddled around him during the timeout and tried talking sense into him" after Hood's refusal to enter the game.

Thus far this postseason Hood has averaged just 4.6 points per game and is shooting only 13% from beyond the arc, and throughout the Cavaliers series against the Raptors had continued to lose minutes in the rotation in favor of rookie Cedi Osman.

The stunt certainly raised eyebrows across the organization.

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.

"This is the playoffs". But not every player joined in the winning. "This isn't about you".

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Hood is a very good player but he's had a awful playoffs so far, averaging only 4.6 points on 39.6 percent shooting.

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.

The forward reportedly stayed on the bench despite Ty Lue attempting to put him into the game. He was the only Cleveland player to log zero minutes in Game 4.

It's an odd scene to watch play out at this point in the postseason, but it's also easy to see why Hood has been frustrated with his role on the Cavaliers of late.

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.

Hood has struggled in the playoffs after being acquired in a February trade from Utah.

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