After the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 4 rout over the Toronto Raptors to complete their sweep over the number one seeded Eastern Conference squad, there wasn't a single bad thing you could've said about LeBron James or the Cavaliers during the series. LeBron played out of his mind as usual, hit a game-winning buzzer-beater, his teammates were finally helpful rather than a hindrance, and they soundly squashed the Raptors, just like they have for the past two seasons.
But after their series-clinching win at home, after all the celebration and fanfare, some bad news emerged from the Cavaliers locker room involving shooting guard Rodney Hood.
According to reports, Hood -- who was acquired at the trade deadline -- was directed to come into the game with a bit over seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to replace LeBron James for his first appearance of the night. Shockingly, Hood defied coach Lue's orders, electing to remain on the bench. Some of the Cavs' veterans spoke to Hood to change his mind, but it was to no avail, as Hood registered zero minutes in Game 4.
"This is the playoffs," an anonymous Cleveland player said. "We're trying to win a championship. This isn't about you."
Given Hood's disappointing play against the Raptors this series -- going 1 of 9 from the field over the first three games -- getting some run in a closeout game which was already wrapped up would've been confidence-boosting for Hood, but that wasn't the case.
Per Lloyd, Cavs general manager Koby Altman intends to meet with Hood to give him a chance to explain himself. Depending on the answer, a fine, and even a suspension could be on the table.