At his post-practice press conference, Tyronn Lue said that the Cavs will hive Hood a chance. This is the second time he’s been asked about Hood and said he’ll get a chance to play without specifying when,
“We’re going to give Rodney a chance,” Lue said. “He’ll get a shot and see how he does. He’s been working, staying ready. So we’ll see.”
Given the struggles of J.R. Smith, outside of his inexplicable gaffe in Game 1, giving Hood a chance to make a difference makes sense. Even if Hood isn’t taking minutes away from Smith, taking some away from Jordan Clarkson would also likely be somewhat helpful.
During his availability, Kevin Love sounded optimistic about what Hood could offer.
“He’s very talented. He’s a guy that can step in and fill up a scoreboard,” Love said. “Left-handed. A little bit unorthodox in the way that he plays. Just having that height on him and that wingspan, and the ability to not only make shots, but on the defensive end to switch out. Also play a guy like [Kevin Durant] at his size and just make it tough on both ends of the floor for their team. That gives all of us a lot of confidence that he can come in and make an impact.’
Lue is trying to make something happen with this supporting cast and very few reliable options. Hood has clearly had his confidence shaken since coming over to the Cavs, but is a talented player and likely the most talented shooting guard on the roster.
The production the Cavs are receiving from their shooting guard position can’t possibly get worse, so it’s probably worthwhile to see if Hood can give them productive minutes.