Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love will miss the entire second round of the playoffs after suffering a dislocated shoulder on Sunday. Via Cavs.com:
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sustained a left shoulder dislocation during the first quarter of yesterday’s game in Boston vs. the Celtics. His shoulder was assessed, reduced in the locker room, immobilized and he did not return to the game. X-rays and a MRI have been performed, as well as further evaluation at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health today by Cavaliers head team physician Dr. Richard D. Parker and Dr. Mark Schickendantz. Evaluation and imaging have defined the extent of the injury: an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising. Currently, Love is undergoing training room treatments while additional opinions are being obtained and treatment options being explored. Love will be unavailable for the Cavaliers’ upcoming Conference Semifinal playoff series and an update regarding his status beyond that will be determined over the next several days.
This is obviously incredibly disappointing news for the Cavaliers since Love is such a key part of their team. Assuming they face the Chicago Bulls, it will be very hard for the Cavaliers to advance to the Conference Finals without Kevin Love. Especially since J.R. Smith has also been suspended for two games.
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