On the outside looking in, it looked as if the Cavs had no issues throughout the game, but that was until the 4th quarter came and problems arose.
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.
His refusal to play during "garbage minutes" upset a few members of the team, who questioned his motives following the game.
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But with an apology to the team forthcoming and the Cavaliers seemingly uninterested in punishing Hood with a suspension or fine, it's possible that the team could put this all behind them in short order.
Cleveland might need him in the Eastern Conference Finals though, so it is imperative that he and the team clear the air before the next round starts.
Hood is clearly frustrated, but you'd still expect more mature conduct from a 25-year-old making his first deep postseason run. He has only reached double figures in scoring once, in Game 6 against the Indiana Pacers, and averaged just 11.5 minutes in the previous four games before Monday. But the pending restricted free agent refused, despite the efforts of his teammates to "talk sense" into him.
Hood has averaged just 5.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game through the playoffs, but even that modest output was on the wane through Games 1 to 3 against the Raptors, as the inconsistent swingman struggled at both ends of the floor. But with an attitude unbecoming of a player that's part of a championship contender aside from his poor play, Hood's chances of a lucrative deal may have vanished into thin air.