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. They've already have more than enough in the a year ago, which plays benefits Hood's benefit this time. "We're trying to win a championship".
Hood "feels bad", according to the source, and he plans to apologize to his teammates and coaching staff in person as soon as they get back together after a couple of days off following a 4-0 sweep of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Rodney Hood refused to go into the game during the fourth quarter Monday, multiple sources told The Athletic, angering a number of teammates and those within the organization.
"Rodney, he could be better", Lue said prior to last night's game, according to Jason Lloyd. For the playoffs, Hood has posted a plus-minus of -67.
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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.
He can be a restricted free agent this offseason, and his chances at a lucrative deal could be damaged by his struggles during the playoffs.
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"(Kosar) had a lot of little tips and bits of advice, just about how it used to be and how much fun it was, " Mayfield said. But Mayfield's a pro now, he claims more mature from his mistakes, and he's got a clean slate and a new set of priorities.
And while the initial news would seem like grounds for a fine or some kind of suspension, it looks like there is more to the story than what the optics suggest.
Hood has struggled since Cleveland acquired him at the National Basketball Association trade deadline.
Hood headed to the locker room, dressed quickly and left soon after, according to The Athletic.
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There was no jealousy there or envy. "Things like that are what you need to win tournaments", Day said. "That really bugged me". It's an unbelievable golf course. "I knew I had to play incredible golf to be there and I was able to do it", Wise said.