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Rodney Hood won’t be punished for refusing to enter Game 4

The Cavs guard reportedly refused to enter Monday’s game in garbage time.

NBA: Playoffs-Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

After refusing to enter Monday’s Game 4, Rodney Hood won’t face any punishment from the Cavaliers.

According the Associated Press’s Tom Withers, Hood will not face a fine or suspension because of the incident. According to Withers, Hood expressed regret for the incident and “didn’t want to be a distraction” to the team moving forward.

As first reported by The Athletic, Hood refused to enter the game for LeBron James with 7:38 to play in the fourth quarter, forcing Tyronn Lue to play Jose Calderon instead. Hood has not played up until that point after Lue gave rookie Cedi Osman Hood’s normal minutes.

Hood has struggled in the playoffs and has not looked right since injuring his back late in the season. In 10 playoff games, he is averaging 4.6 points and shooting 39.6 percent from the field. Lue also repeatedly called on Hood to be aggressive when he’s on the floor. It remains to be seen if Hood will be back in the rotation this weekend when the Cavs start the Eastern Conference Finals against the 76ers or Celtics.