Is Kyrie Irving Planning to Leave the Celtics?
The Boston Celtics are worried that Kyrie Irving will leave instead of resign with them. Should the Celtics be worried?
When Cleveland shook up their roster acquiring Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, George Hill and Larry Nance Jr, Hood was expected to be one of the biggest names in that list. Rodney Hood was having a solid contract year in Utah putting up near 17 points per game and shooting a respectable 38.9 percent from deep. Physically he's everything Cleveland needed, being a lengthy forward who can stretch the floor and switch to guard multiple positions. Yet, with Game 2 of the Finals upon us, Hood remains buried on the bench after having numerous DNP - CD and a huge fall off in minutes.
There's always time frame each player needs to adjust when they're traded to a new team. In Utah, Hood was the huge offensive cog there and got many of his shots off the dribble and through cuts to the basket. In Cleveland the system is much simpler, it starts and ends with Lebron James and his play making. James finds the shooters, if they miss continually, they sit. The times Hood has shared the court with James, he has looked a little lost; when Hood is playing in the second unit without James, he just doesn't seem aggressive or engaged. The numbers tell an even uglier tale as Hood's averaging 10.8 points per game as a Cavalier and only 35% from deep; Hood's postseason stats are a pedestrian 4.6 points per game while averaging 14.5 minutes per game. Since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, where he had a game to forget and last received meaningful minutes, Rodney hasn't even gotten a nod from Lue to approach the scorers table.
With Game 2 of the Finals upon us, I don't think Ty Lue has hit the “desperation” stage yet of seeing what works with his roster. Yet we all know that you cannot give the Warriors an inch, especially when your roster looks as top heavy as the Cavs. With guys like JR Smith not performing like years past, he was a minus 22 last game, and Jordan Clarkson building his own brick house in Oakland, perhaps Hood gets those minutes. While maybe Lue doesn't feel desperate enough in Game 2, if Cleveland goes down 2-0 against Golden State, expect some serious line up changes and hopefully Rodney Hood's number is called.