With the result of the game a formality, coach Tyronn Lue reportedly tried to sub Hood in, but the fourth-year wing refused the bench boss' order and balked at the pleas of teammates asking him to reconsider.
Every Cavaliers player grabbed minutes in Monday night's 128-93 series-clinching Game 4 destruction of the Raptors - except Rodney Hood, who apparently didn't want to play at all.
Hood explained to Altman, according to a team source, that he said something to the effect of, "I'm good, I'm fine, play the other guys", when asked to go in Monday. "We're trying to win a championship".
As of now, it remains unknown why Rodney Hood decided not to play in Game 4.
While Cleveland has gotten by without Hood and coasted past the Raptors, if Hood can give them some kind of secondary playmaking and 3-point shooting, that would give them another dynamic they desperately need in a potential NBA Finals matchup against Houston or Golden State.
"(Hood) is not built for (the playoffs)", an opposing executive texted Lloyd before the postseason began. Though he averaged 14.7 points per game and shot 38.1 percent from three-point range in the regular season, his numbers have dipped to 4.6 and 13.3 percent, respectively.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are headed to the Eastern Conference finals, but it wouldn't be complete without a little bit of drama.
A source told ESPN that Hood "feels awful" and plans on apologizing to coaches and teammates for his insubordination. If the Cavaliers don't receive an acceptable reason for his refusal to play, there is a strong chance that Hood could earn a suspension.
With Hood set to become a restricted free agent this summer, it's easy to imagine why he might be frustrated with his diminished role in the Cavaliers system, but he has since apologized for his actions.