From a Duke perspective, one of two former Blue Devil teammates will win a ring this month: either Golden State’s Quinn Cook or Cleveland’s Rodney Hood.
Their stories are pretty different though.
Cook has won immense praise for his professionalism and the heart he’s shown in his rise to a spot on the NBA’s best team.
Hood, on the other hand, has taken a lot of criticism this spring for first refusing to go into a playoff game and then not getting many minutes subsequently.
It’s a bit of a mystery really because he was pretty good for Utah before getting traded mid-season.
He still has a chance to contribute though.
Cleveland doesn’t match up well with the smaller Warriors though and at an agile 6-8, Hood could really help out on, say, Klay Thompson.
He’s also very capable offensively even though he hasn’t shown it lately.
Obviously Cleveland was very close in Game 1 and might have won if JR Smith had looked at the scoreboard.
Could Hood put them over the top?
Stranger things have happened.
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