Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love suffered a dislocated shoulder in the team’s 101-93 win over the Boston Celtics to claim a series sweep on Sunday.
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Love suffered the injury in the first quarter after he got tangled up with Celtics star Kelly Olynyk and after racing off the court to head straight to the locker room, he did not return to the game.
The power forward spoke to the media after the game where he was seen wearing a sling, and insisted that he felt as though Olynyk did it intentionally and was shocked that it happened.
The 26-year-old is expected to undergo further evaluation in Cleveland on Monday but it is unclear at this stage as to how long he will be sidelined for with the next series expected to start later this week.
Love has averaged 18.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 47.1 percent from 3-point range during the Cavs’ 3-0 start to the series.
As a result, his possible absence will be a huge blow for the team, but it remains to be seen how serious the dislocation is and what treatment he will require to make a full recovery and return to action as soon as possible.
Cleveland will face either the Chicago Bulls or the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals with the Bulls leading that series 3-1 ahead of Game 5 in Chicago on Monday.