The Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the Conference Finals, but the sweet of the Raptors isn’t without drama, thanks to Rodney Hood.
1. Rodney Hood didn’t play during the Cleveland Cavaliers Game 4 clincher against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena May 7.
Hood declined, which resulted in his teammates huddling around him in an on-court intervention.
Hood didn’t succumb to his peers’ pressure, opting instead to skip what proved to be a fun team building exercise in making the Raptors extinct, according to The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd.
"“Rodney Hood refused to go into the game during the fourth quarter Monday, multiple sources told The Athletic, angering a number of teammates and those within the organization.”"
Hood has been a bust this postseason as the 6-foot-8 forward is shooting a lousy .133 from 3-point range this postseason.
It may have been garbage time, but Hood could’ve benefited from some real-live game action to find his shot.
2. LeBron James Legacy Building 101: He’s now four wins away from reaching his eighth strait NBA Finals.
Taking this concept a step further, consider what it would mean if James somehow managed to win the title.
Winning the 2016 championship was the equivalent of winning three titles. What would the Larry O’Brien trophy delivers to Cleveland this June down in comparing him to Michael Jordan?
3. The Cavs were really due for a game where LeBron wasn’t a one-man show. James was LeBron-esque, scoring 29, grabbing 11 rebound and dishing out eight assists, but his teammates were on fire.
Cleveland’s four starters not named LeBron were 25-of-35 from the field for 66 points.
Since returning from back problems for Game 7 agains the Pacers, the Cavs’ are undefeated (5-0). Hill chipped in 12 points and five assists in the clincher against the Raptors.
4. Raptors fans are about as depressed as Cleveland Browns fans are every Sunday during football season, and for good reason.
After clinching the No. 1 seed and winning 59 games–the most in franchise history–Toronto got swept out of the playoffs in the second round.
You could, but unless LeBron is planning to sigh a deal to play in Canada, it doesn’t really matter what direction the organization takes.
My advice to the Raptors: Don’t do anything until LeBron James decides where he’ll be playing next season.