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.
“I think it would be a real surprise if he were able to participate in the postseason,” Griffin said. “I still have a sliver of hope for something very late, but highly unlikely.”
Griffin wouldn’t divulge how he felt about the one-game suspension the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk received for the play. Love was injured fighting for a rebound Sunday when Olynyk pinned Love’s left arm under his own arm and pulled it out of the socket. Love called it a “bush league” play and believes Olynyk did it intentionally.
“It sickens me that a non-basketball play resulted in what it did,” Griffin said. “But beyond that, it’s very difficult to watch because it’s totally unnatural from a basketball perspective.”