Tag: Kevin Love


Kelly Olynyk on Kevin Love’s accusation of intentionally injuring him: ‘That’s ridiculous’


Kevin Love injured his shoulder while interlocked with Kelly Olynyk – which could cost at least Love two weeksand the Cavaliers forward was blunt afterward:

“I thought it was a bush-league play,” Love said. “… I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose.”

Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald:

The Celtics forward, stunned that Love would accuse him of intentionally trying to cause injury, had a sharp reaction when forced to defend his reputation.

“That’s ridiculous,” Olynyk told the Herald tonight. “I would never intentionally hurt Kevin or anyone else. He locked my arm up, I locked up his as we were fighting for a loose ball. You lock up arms all the time in this league.”
Olynyk, who said he had unsuccessfully attempted to contact Love through mutual contacts tonight, also expressed concern.
“I wish him a very speedy recovery, and I hope he can come back to help his team in the playoffs,” Olynyk said.

I don’t think Olynyk intended to injure Love, but at minimum, Olynyk was being reckless. Grab someone’s arm like that, and the risk of injury rises higher than an acceptable level.

I think Olynyk crossed the line – not to the extent of intentionally injuring someone, but it doesn’t need to go that far to be wrong.

Rumor: Kevin Love out minimum of two weeks, will likely miss most or all of series vs. Bulls


If someone tries to tell you “Cleveland will be fine without Kevin Love, he doesn’t fit in” you’ll know they weren’t watching Cavaliers games lately. Love has found a comfort level in the postseason, averaged 18.3 points and nine rebounds a game in the playoffs, and is shooting 47 percent from three. It may not be the role he envisioned, but Love is finding a role with the Cavaliers.

Or was. He got tangled up with the Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk, who locked Love’s arm and gave a yank, dislocating it.

The question now is how long Love will be out, and the Cavaliers are trying to sound optimistic, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Note that said “minimum” of two weeks, not two weeks. It is not uncommon for a shoulder dislocation to mean more than a month on the sidelines. But you can’t blame the Cavaliers for trying to be positive. Still, he likely will miss much or all of the series against the Bulls or Bucks.

Love being out could be an issue in the next round — especially when you factor in J.R. Smith is likely to miss at least a game and maybe more (he deserves multiple games) for his shot to Jae Crowder.

The Bulls, which are the favorite and lead 3-1 in the series, roll out a big front line with Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol, with Nikola Mirotic coming in off the bench. Cleveland could have used Love’s size and ability to pull some of that size out of the paint. The Cavs are going to ask a lot more of Tristan Thompson than they had hoped.

Injuries have played a big role though this entire season and into the playoffs, that’s not changing now.

But just how big a role in the case of Love we likely learn on Monday.

LeBron James put on a pregame dunking exhibition in Boston, here it is in slo-mo (VIDEO)

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game Four

The Boston Celtics fans got a show. No wins, but a show.

That started with their young Celtics, who were physical and would not back down against the Cavaliers (although this game got out of control with Kelly Olynyk’s yank on Kevin Love’s arm, then J.R. Smith’s suspension-level shot to Jae Crowder’s head). Boston would not go quietly into that good night.

Then there was pregame when LeBron James put on a dunking exhibition. Above you can catch out the highlights in slow motion, thanks to our friends at NBA.com.

Cavaliers advance to second round – but but maybe lose Kevin Love and moral high ground in process

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game Four

BOSTON – Kevin Love sprinted off the court, and civility soon followed.

Love headed straight to the locker room after injuring his shoulder in the first quarter – knocking him out for the rest of the game and probably longer – when Kelly Olynyk grabbed him. After building a big lead, the Cavaliers sent in enforcer Kendrick Perkins, who didn’t take long to start a scuffle with Celtics tough guy Jae Crowder. Then, J.R. Smith got ejected for whacking Crowder.

The game might have devolved further – with Perkins re-entering the game as soon as Olynyk first went to the scorers’ table in the second half – if the Celtics didn’t charge late to make it competitive. Finally – with Love battered and Smith likely facing suspension – the Cavaliers put away Boston, 101-93, Sunday to complete a first-round sweep.

Cleveland advances to face the Bulls or Bucks, but that doesn’t mean the hard feelings of this series will quickly be forgotten.

“I thought it was a bush-league play,” Love said. “… I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose.”

Said Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas: “We could say the same thing. We’re all men here. We don’t need to cry and tell you guys.”

Evan Turner said J.R. Smith should be suspended. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving said Olynyk didn’t make a basketball play. Gerald Wallace said the Cavaliers sent in Perkins to even the physicality.

As the accusations fly, judge for yourself. Here are the incidents between:

Love and Olynyk:

Perkins and Crowder:

Smith and Crowder:

Blatt didn’t update Love’s status, but players with dislocated shoulders average missing 26 games. At least the Cavaliers did their part to maximize their time off before round two.

LeBron (27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a block) and Irving (24 points and 11 rebounds) stepped up in Game 4 without their third start, and  Iman Shumpert (15 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals) and Timofey Mozgov (12 points and 11 rebounds and three blocks) made key contributions.

That was enough against Boston, but what about Chicago, which leads Milwaukee, 3-1?

Love’s potential absence looms large against the Bulls, who appear to be rounding into form. They’re tough and talented, but maybe Cleveland learned a lesson in toughness Sunday. To a certain degree, who cares about the moral high ground? The Cavaliers will get pushed again in these playoffs, and they want to prove they can and will respond in kind.

Asked whether this game diminished his respect for the Celtics, LeBron James gushed about Brad Stevens, how the coach prepared Boston. No mention of players from LeBron.

Undoubtedly, Stevens did an excellent job with these Celtics, even getting them into the playoffs following a chaotic regular season. But a talent deficit caught up to them.

Now, the question becomes: How well did Stevens and Boston prepare the Cavaliers?

They might be less talented without Love, but they should be tougher. Headed toward a closer-than-expected matchup with the Bulls, that could make all the difference.

J.R. Smith ejected after head shot on Jae Crowder (VIDEO)

J.R. Smith

Game 4 between the Cavs and Celtics has been physical. In addition to Kelly Olynyk nearly ripping Kevin Love’s arm out of its socket, there have been two flagrant fouls called on the Cavs, both at Jae Crowder’s expense.

Here’s Kendrick Perkins shoving Crowder to the ground on a hard pick:

Perkins got a Flagrant 1.

In the second half, J.R. Smith was ejected for this:

There’s a chance Smith will get suspended for that hit.