Rodney Hood refused to enter the floor in Game 4

What's going on with apparently disgruntled Cavs guard Rodney Hood

What's going on with apparently disgruntled Cavs guard Rodney Hood

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. It was a great opportunity for a struggling youngster to try to find his rhythm without any pressure before the next series.

Rodney Hood refused to enter the game when summoned in the fourth quarter Monday, angering a number of teammates, according to multiple sources.

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. The Cavaliers will be needing all the help they could get in order to fully dominate the Eastern Conference and beat the team that will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.

Hood refused to enter the game during a timeout with 7:38 remaining and the Cavs up 30 points. It would have been Hood's first appearance in the game.

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The shooting guard has gone from being a starter with Utah and having the faith from the Jazz front office to become the team's leading scorer, to having his spot taken by a rookie in Donovan Mitchell, now mired in a bench role - one soon to be an inactive one.

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. In the first three games of the series, Hood scored a combined total of two points on 1-of-9 shooting over 39 minutes.

Hood, who enters the summer as a restricted free agent, was considered a building block for the Cavaliers, but now that seems very much in doubt. They've already have more than enough in the previous year, which plays benefits Hood's benefit this time. "We're trying to win a championship", an unnamed Cavaliers player told The Athletic about Hood's behavior.

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