Cavaliers to give Rodney Hood "a shot" in Game 3
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 06, 2018 09:11 AM
FILE - This April 6, 2018, file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers' Rodney Hood reacting during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. Hood's most notable moment in these playoffs happened while sitting on the bench. He’s getting up and getting in. Looking for an offensive weapon to negate Golden State's size and ability to switch on defense, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is expected to play Hood in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in hopes of cutting into the Warriors' series lead. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
The Cleveland Cavaliers will add Rodney Hood to their Finals rotation in Game 3, head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after practice, Wednesday (PHL time).
"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."
This postseason, Hood is averaging 13.8 minutes, 4.4 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. He's shot 41.8 percent from the field, but just 15.0 percent on three's.
Hood did not play in Finals Game 1, but was on the court in garbage time of Game 2, tallying two points, a board, and an assist. He last logged double-digit minutes in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, versus the Boston Celtics.
Lue did not divulge where Hood's minutes will come from. Starting shooting guard JR Smith is averaging 35 minutes in the Finals, while Jordan Clarkson saw his minutes fall from 17 in Finals Game 1, to just eight in Finals Game 2.
Hood memorably refused to enter garbage time of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals versus the Toronto Raptors, a situation the Cavaliers laughed off as not really a distraction.
Teammate Kevin Love definitely believes Hood can contribute in the series, saying, "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 KD 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."