It was disheartening watching Hood play in those first three games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking and feeling good.
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Hood "feels terrible", 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.
The Cavs advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by sweeping the Raptors. It was a great opportunity for a struggling youngster to try to find his rhythm without any pressure before the next series.
So, when Lue pegged him for garbage time with 7:38 remaining and the Cavaliers leading 110-80, Hood reportedly refused to fill that role, and the Cavaliers turned to veteran Jose Calderon to close it out.
According to Lloyd, Cavs GM Koby Altman plans to meet with Hood to get his side of the story, though there are reports that a suspension could be in play. The Cavaliers will reportedly not fine or suspend Hood for his actions.
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Thus far this postseason Hood has averaged just 4.6 points per game and is shooting only 13% from beyond the arc, and throughout the Cavaliers series against the Raptors had continued to lose minutes in the rotation in favor of rookie Cedi Osman.
Obviously, this doesn't bode well going forward for Hood's relationship with his teammates, all of whom he's only been playing with since joining the team in a trade deadline deal this past February.
In 10 appearances, the 6-foot-8 swingman has averaged just 4.6 points per game - more than 6 points fewer than the 10.8 he averaged after being acquired by Cleveland from the Utah Jazz at the National Basketball Association trade deadline.
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