Cavaliers' Kevin Love (shoulder) out for Eastern Conference semifinals

ByDave McMenamin ESPN logo
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

CLEVELAND -- After sustaining a dislocated left shoulder in theCleveland Cavaliers' close-out win over the Boston Celtics, the Cavs have ruled out Kevin Love for the entirety of their upcoming Eastern Conference semifinal series, the team announced Monday.

Love suffered the injury in Sunday's 101-93 win over Boston after the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk was called for a loose-ball foul for clamping down on Love's left arm and pulling it towards the floor with 5:22 remaining in the first quarter. Love called Olynyk's actions "bush-league" after the game and said he thought it was intentional.

The seven-year veteran received X-rays and an MRI on his shoulder Monday as well as additional examination at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health before being ruled out for the second round, which would begin Saturday should the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks in five games.

Love's injury is officially listed as an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising.

The Cavs said Love is currently undergoing training room treatments while the team seeks additional opinions on his injury. A more concrete timeline as to when Love could return following the second round, should Cleveland advance, will be determined over the next several days, according to the team.

Cleveland went 3-4 during the regular season without Love in the lineup.

Olynyk was suspended one game Monday for his role in hurting Love, grabbing and pulling his arm. The league said Olynyk will serve his suspension in the first game of the 2015-16 regular season for which he is eligible and able to play.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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