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Game 1 Pregame: Bulls at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 4, 2015

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: TNT

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LeBron James calls Steph Curry's MVP award 'well-deserved'

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 4, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James called Steph Curry’s Most Valuable Player award “well-deserved” while joking he was glad to see another kid from Akron win the award.

Curry, coincidentally, was officially announced as the league MVP while James was praising him.

“If my phone was on, I would’ve definitely congratulated him a lot,” James said, referring to his social media blackout during the postseason. “I think it’s well-deserved. You see the team success, that’s the first thing that pops out. Franchise-record in wins. … He’s the catalyst of that whole ship, and I think he’s had an unbelievable season. I think it’s great that another kid born in Akron, Ohio can win an MVP.”

Both James and Curry were born at Akron General Hospital.

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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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