The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without Kevin Love for at least their next National Basketball Association playoff series due to a dislocated left shoulder.
The loss is a potentially damaging one for the Cavaliers, who are the second-favorite of Las Vegas oddsmakers to win the NBA title behind the Golden State Warriors. The 6-foot-10 Love averaged 16.4 points and a team-leading 9.7 rebounds a game for the Cavaliers this season.
Love was injured when he became entangled with Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk during the first quarter of Sunday’s playoff game, an incident that Love called “bush league” after the game. Olynyk received a one-game suspension from the NBA for yanking Love’s arm down.
The Cavaliers, who swept the Celtics four-games-to-none, said Love will miss at least the Eastern Conference semifinals. He’s undergoing training room treatments while other options being explored, according to the Cavaliers. An update on his status behind the conference semifinals will be determined over the next several days, the team said.