Cavaliers’ Kevin Love out for entire conference semifinals (likely vs. Bulls)


It’s that bad.

Kevin Love will be out for the entire Eastern Conference Semifinals for the Cleveland Cavaliers due to the shoulder dislocation he suffered at the hands of Boston’s Kelly Olynyk, the team announced Monday. Here is the full statement from the Cavaliers:

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sustained a left shoulder dislocation during the first quarter of yesterday’s game in Boston vs. the Celtics. His shoulder was assessed, reduced in the locker room, immobilized, and he did not return to the game. X-rays and an MRI have been performed, as well as further evaluation at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Heath today by team physician Dr. Richard D. Parker and Dr. Mark Schickendantz. Evaluation and imaging have defended the extent of the injury: an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising. Currently, Love ins undergoing training room treatments while addition opinions are being obtained and treatment options are being explored. Love will be unavailable for the Cavaliers upcoming Conference Semifinal playoff series and an update regarding his status beyond that will be determined over the next several days.

Love said he thought Olynyk’s play was dirty, something Olynyk denied.

Love would have been key in a series against Chicago (up 3-1 on Milwaukee and likely to close that series out Monday). With a number of quality big men — Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic — a big for Cleveland who can hit threes is key for unclogging the lane. Tristan Thompson is not that, and the Cavaliers got beat badly by the Bulls in the one regular season meeting of these teams where Love did not play.