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Kevin Love has shoulder surgery, estimated recovery time 4 to 6 months

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 30, 2015

Kevin Love had surgery Wednesday in New York to repair his dislocated shoulder and will miss the rest of the postseason. His estimated recovery time is 4 to 6 months.

Love had the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. It was performed by Dr. David Altchek, who is not affiliated with the Cavs medical team or the Cleveland Clinic. Love’s follow-up care will be provided by the Cavs’ medical staff and head team physician Dr. Richard Parker.

The given timeline makes it possible recovery could interfere with training camp and the start of next season, which typically begins around the end of October. Love, incidentally, has a player option on his contract and can become a free agent this summer. 

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Cavs not expecting Kevin Love to return during this postseason

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 28, 2015
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INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love is not expected to play again during this postseason, Cavs General Manager David Griffin said Tuesday.

Griffin called a return by Love for these playoffs “highly unlikely” and said surgery is being considered. A decision on surgery is expected within the next couple of days.

Love was diagnosed with “acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with corresponding ligament/labrum tearing & humeral head bone bruising,” according to the team. He essentially dislocated his left shoulder and suffered torn ligaments and a torn labrum.

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Kevin Love ruled out of conference semifinals, J.R. Smith suspended two games

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 27, 2015

CLEVELAND: If the Cavaliers are going to advance beyond the second round of the postseason, they’re going to have to do it with two stars instead of three.

Kevin Love has been ruled out of the Eastern Conference semifinals, likely against the Chicago Bulls, the Cavaliers announced Monday.

In addition, J.R. Smith has been suspended for two games by the league for his conduct, meaning the Cavs will be without 40 percent of their starting lineup – and one-third of their scoring – for the first two games of the next series.

Love was diagnosed with "acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with corresponding ligament/labrum tearing & humeral head bone bruising,” according to the team. In layman’s terms, he dislocated his left shoulder and suffered torn ligaments and a tear in his labrum in the process. A determination on his availability beyond the second round will be made in the coming days, the team said.

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Cavs 101, Celtics 93; Jason Lloyd's 24 final thoughts following injuries, an ejection and a sweep

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015
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BOSTON: Twenty-four thoughts for 24 points from Kyrie Irving in a wild 101-93 victory over the Boston Celtics that didn’t feel much like a victory…

1. That was probably the lousiest celebration following a series sweep in NBA history.

2. No one was in a very good mood leaving TD Garden tonight. The best characterization of the Cavs’ locker room is probably somber. No one knows for sure yet, but the players seem to be preparing for life without both J.R. Smith and Kevin Love for at least a little while. That will make a Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls incredibly difficult.

MOREKevin Love injured, J.R. Smith ejected as Cavs complete sweep of Celtics with 101-93 Game 4 victory

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Kevin Love believes Olynyk's act was intentional, J.R. Smith 'nervous as hell' he could be punished

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015
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BOSTON: Kevin Love called Celtics center Kelly Olynyk’s play “bush league” but believes he’ll be able to return at some point during this postseason.

Exactly when that will be remains to be seen.

Love dislocated his shoulder with 5:22 left in the first quarter of Sunday’s Game 4, which the Cavs won 101-93 to sweep the first-round series. He left TD Garden with his left arm in a sling and will have imaging on the shoulder either Sunday night or more likely Monday morning.

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Kevin Love injured, J.R. Smith ejected as Cavs sweep Celtics with 101-93 Game 4 victory

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015
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BOSTON: The Cavaliers are moving on. Now the question remains: who all is going with them?

LeBron James scored 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and the Cavaliers swept the Boston Celtics out of the first round with a 101-93 Game 4 victory, but the larger concern now is Kevin Love’s injured left shoulder.

Love left the game with 5:22 left in the first quarter and did not return with what appeared to be a serious left shoulder injury, setting off a myriad of physical plays, injuries and ejections in what became the capstone of a physical first-round series.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 70-61 after three quarters as physical play reigns

By Michael Beaven Published: April 26, 2015

Physical play continued in the third quarter as both teams got away from basketball at times and resorted to tactics used in boxing and wrestling. Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was ejected and Celtics forward Jae Crowder left the game with a left knee sprain as bodies hit the floor on several possessions. The scoreboard read 70-61 in favor of the Cavaliers going into the fourth quarter as the extracurricular activities made an impact on the game. Smith was ejected with 10:24 on the clock and Cleveland ahead 57-36. Smith was boxing out for a rebound when Crowder issued a shove towards Smith’s back, and Smith retaliated by throwing his arm and hand back and popping Crowder in the face. Crowder fell to the ground and suffered his injury. Referees reviewed video of the play and ejected Smith via a Flagrant 2 foul call. The quarter included Cavs guard Iman Shumpert bumping his head on center Timofey Mozgov, Celtics teammates Jared Sullinger and Isaiah Thomas delivering a couple of hard fouls and Cavs forward Tristan Thompson knocking over a row of spectators as he attempted to save the ball from going out of bounds. The Celtics closed the quarter with some inspired play to trim its deficit to single digits. LeBron James has 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Kyrie Irving has 14 points and nine rebounds and Mozgov has 12 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas and Sullinger both have 13 points for the Celtics, and Avery Bradley has 10 points.

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 17.

Rebounds: Timofey Mozgov (Cavaliers) 10.

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