Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love will reportedly be ruled out of action for two weeks, which means he may miss the entire series against the Chicago Bulls.
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Love suffered a dislocated shoulder in the win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday which secured a 4-0 series sweep for the Cavs in their first round match-up.
However, the star power forward left the game in the first quarter after getting tangled up with Kelly Olynyk and ran straight to the locker room after the incident and did not return.
The 26-year-old has since insisted that he believes that it was done intentionally, and while he was seen wearing a sling on Sunday, he is expected to undergo further evaluation in Cleveland on Monday.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, nothing will be known for certain until an MRI scan is taken but word within the Cavs camp is that Love will likely be out for a minimum of two weeks.
While the Bulls haven’t yet won their first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks, they hold a 3-1 advantage and play their rivals at home on Monday night looking to wrap up the win.
As a result, with Love averaging 18.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in the playoffs through three games, his absence will be a huge blow for coach David Blatt and the rest of the team as he was seemingly finding his rhythm at just the right time.
Meanwhile, that isn’t going to be Blatt’s only headache as it is expected that JR Smith will be suspended by the league for his hit on Jae Crowder during Sunday’s game. The former New York Knicks star was ejected from the game for the altercation, but that isn’t likely to be the only disciplinary action he faces.
Nothing will be known for sure until MRI but word within Cavs team tonight is Kevin Love likely out a minimum of 2 weeks.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) April 27, 2015