Cavaliers forward Kevin Love immediately knew something was wrong after a first-quarter scramble with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk on Sunday as he grabbed his shoulder and ran off the court. It ended up that he had a dislocated shoulder.
After the game, Love also immediately knew what he wanted to say about the incident.
"I thought it was a bush league play," Love told reporters.
"Olynyk was in a comprising position, had no chance to get the ball and it's just too bad that he would go to those lengths to take somebody out of a game and to do that to someone," he said. "So I have no doubt in my mind that he did that on purpose."
Love said he knew the game would be chippy and noted it came from both sides, but added that his own injury is "very disheartening."
"That's not how you play basketball," Love said, adding that he hoped the league would be "swift and just" in its punishment of Olynyk.
Love said he intends to play in the playoffs again, but when he will return is not clear. The Cavaliers said Love will return to Cleveland for more examination, imaging and evaluation. Only then will his status for the next round be known.