Things have gone sour for Rodney Hood since leaving Utah

Final Thoughts: On a series sweep, a poorly timed 'SNL' skit and Rodney Hood's fourth-quarter antics

When the Cavs called a timeout with a 30-point lead and 7:38 left Monday, Lue tried inserting Hood for James. Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood reportedly refused to enter the game when the Cavaliers lead was safe.

Before the February trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Rodney Hood with the hope that he could strengthen their chance of reclaiming the National Basketball Association championship title this season.

It was a joyous Monday night for the Cleveland Cavaliers who swept the Toronto Raptors 4-0 after a 128-93 annihilation of the East's No. 1 seed in Game 4 of their series.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the first half of Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Cleveland.

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Hood has been struggling as of late and recently lost his starting spot in the lineup. Let's put Hood's behavior in Game 4 into context.

Hood is averaging a putrid 4.6 points per game and has shot less than 40 percent since the start of the postseason. However, Hood refused to enter the game which reportedly angered some of his teammates. Had Hood played in the final minutes, he could have changed Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue's perception about him. "We're trying to win a championship", a Cavs player told Lloyd.

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. A first-round pick in the 2014 draft, he averaged 16.8 points with the Jazz, but the 6-foot-8 left-hander has never found his rhythm with Cleveland, which is back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth straight season. However, ESPN reports that he has already apologized to Cleveland general manager Koby Altman and plans to say sorry to his teammates as well.

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