Hood was the only player on the Cavs' bench that did not see action in Game 4, and it was reported by The Athletic that several of his teammates were angry after Hood refused to check into the blowout win.
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".
Hood is averaging a putrid 4.6 points per game and has shot less than 40 percent since the start of the postseason.
Cleveland management is reportedly set to meet with Hood.
"This is the playoffs".
The Cleveland Cavaliers are prepared to let Rodney Hood slide for the greater good. "This isn't about you".
Hood "feels very 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.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue attempted to sub in Hood with 7:38 left and the Cavaliers leading by 30 points.
"Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed".
Hood, who has struggled for most of the postseason, was replaced in the rotation for Game 4 by rookie Cedi Osman.
Hood, who was the only member of the Cavs not to log any minutes last night, only played in 39 minutes through the first three games, scoring just two points on 1-of-9 shooting. He had previously averaged about 13 minutes a game in the series against the Raptors.
He was acquired from the Utah Jazz in a three-team deal in February.
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.