Welp, certainly sounds like Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is out for the remainder of the playoffs, even if the Cavs somehow make it to the finals without him.
The team’s GM, David Griffin, confirmed as much Tuesday, according to Jason Lloyd of The Akron Beacon-Journal. Howard Beck of the Bleacher Report, another man who knows things, reported a similar situation.
Love sustained his shoulder injury during the final game of the team’s first-round series against the Boston Celtics, when Kelly Olynyk tugged at his arm while scrambling for the ball. "I thought it was a bush league play," Love told reporters after the injury. "That's not how you play basketball," he added later.
This is a bummer for Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers and really the entire city of Cleveland. The injury came in the final game of Love’s first NBA playoff series, after years of missing out on the postseason during his stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He had also played his best game of the playoffs one game before as well -- notching 23 points, six threes and nine rebounds in the team's Game 3 win.
There’s also the possibility that he could leave this summer, which would really make Cavs fans hate Olynyk for quite some time. Bad news all around.