Hood started Game 1 against IN, but after the Pacers beat the Cavs by 18, Lue changed his lineup.
Hood is a very good player but he's had a bad playoffs so far, averaging only 4.6 points on 39.6 percent shooting.
The 25-year-old Hood is averaging 4.6 points in 17 minutes in the post-season. "It was a great opportunity for a struggling youngster to try to find his rhythm without any pressure before the next series".
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He played 10:38 in Game 3. Instead, Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed. Lue told Hood to check in but he refused, and guard Jose Calderon peeled off his warmup gear and jogged to the scorer's table.
In the short-term, Hood faces a fine or suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, Lloyd posited, but at the very least you would expect him to remain out of the rotation for the foreseeable future.
Hood has struggled since Cleveland acquired him at the National Basketball Association trade deadline.
"The Cavs' front office and Hood had a conversation Tuesday morning, and Hood feels badly for causing a distraction at a time when the focus should be on Cleveland's sweep of the Raptors and spot in the conference finals". He hasn't especially clicked within the Cavaliers system and has seen his role dwindle even further as the playoffs rolled on.
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.
But free agency won't necessarily be as sparing this summer.