Rodney Hood refused to play in garbage time, won't be disciplined

Final Thoughts: On a series sweep, a poorly timed 'SNL' skit and Rodney Hood's fourth-quarter antics

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

Cleveland will await the victor of the Philadelphia 76ers-Boston Celtics series in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Game 4 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors will go down as a DNP-CD for Rodney Hood, but it appears to have been anything but a coach's decision.

A day after the Cleveland Cavaliers finished off a four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors in their first-round playoff series, the biggest story around the team is not their sudden revival after a sluggish first-round series nor their chances against (probably) Boston in the upcoming conference finals.

After seeing his minutes dwindle from 25 per game during the regular season to an average of 15 over the previous seven games, Hood fell out of the rotation on Monday, losing his spot to rookie Cedi Osman.

The Cavs were leading by 30 points with 7:39 remaining in the fourth quarter when head coach Tyronn Lue told Hood to replace LeBron James.

The Athletic's Jason Lloyd reported after Cleveland's 128-93 victory that Hood refused to enter the game in the fourth quarter, "angering a number of teammates and those within the organization".

With Hood set to become a restricted free agent this summer, it's easy to imagine why he might be frustrated with his diminished role in the Cavaliers system, but he has since apologized for his actions. Instead, Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed.

Hood is averaging a putrid 4.6 points per game and has shot less than 40 percent since the start of the postseason.

He played 10:38 in Game 3.

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.

Hood has struggled in the playoffs after being acquired in a February trade from Utah. However, ESPN reports that he has already apologized to Cleveland general manager Koby Altman and plans to say sorry to his teammates as well.

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