Kevin Love dislocated his shoulder on Sunday in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics, and the team now knows how long he will be out.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have moved on to the second round of the NBA Playoffs, but Kevin Love is going to be on the sidelines moving forward. Cleveland is preparing for a potential showdown with the Chicago Bulls in the next round of the postseason, but the events of Game 4 against the Boston Celtics is already having a ripple effect that might ruin their championship picture.
Early on in the win over Boston in Game 4, Kevin Love dislocated his shoulder on a questionable play by Kelly Olynyk and it appears as though it might derail the Cavaliers NBA Finals hopes. It all depends on how long Kevin Love will be out, and we learned more about that on Monday as to how much time Kevin Love is going to miss.
Combined with the J.R. Smith drama that screws up the Cavaliers gameplay even more, Cleveland is in some serious trouble moving forward. Kevin Love being out for the entire series against the Bulls is going to severely hamper what the Cavaliers will be able to do and it might make this the series that Kyrie Irving and LeBron James truly step up to make this their team.
One thing that the Cavaliers can hope for is the Milwaukee Bucks taking the Chicago Bulls as deep into their first-round series as possible. If the Bucks can win on Monday night against the Bulls and take the series to six or seven games, then it will be a giant load off the Cavaliers mind.
Still, even if the Bulls are taken to the wire against the Bucks — which is highly unlikely — the Cavaliers are still probably not going to play Love and won’t rush him back anytime soon.
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