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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.

It goes on: "A number of veterans huddled around him during the timeout and tried talking sense into him, but Hood still refused to go, so Jose Calderon subbed into the game instead".

Hood scored just two points in the first three games of this series and is averaging 4.6 points for the playoffs on.133 shooting from 3-point range.

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports that the Cavs are not planning to fine or suspend Hood and never considered doing so.

"This is the playoffs".

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed a sweep of the top-seeded Toronto Raptors on Monday night thanks to an impressive performance from the team's role players. "This isn't about you".

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The Athletic first reported that Hood declined coach Tyronn Lue's request to replace LeBron James with 7:38 left and the Cavs leading by 30, angering his teammates and others in the organization.

Monday's game, which finished the sweep of the Raptors in front of the home fans, was the ideal chance for Hood to gain some rhythm, with almost nothing at stake and plenty of minutes to hoist from distance. He had previously averaged about 13 minutes a game in the series against the Raptors. "Hood dressed quickly and was one of the first players out of the locker room after the game".

"Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed". Hood, 25, was acquired on February 8 in a trade with the Utah Jazz as part of a three-team deal that also brought George Hill to Cleveland. It's not a stretch to think that Hood didn't want to be seen as an end-of-game minutes-eater when he's hoping to grow his value to potential suitors.

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.

If Hood's explanation for his actions isn't sufficient, a suspension could be forthcoming.


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