Kevin Love PF/C CLE 4 days ago

Love (shoulder) reportedly underwent successful surgery on Wednesday in New York City and is projected to need four-to-six months for recovery time.

With that projected recovery time, Love will be out for the rest of the postseason. While it was rumored that was likely the case, this only confirms it and it's a big blow to the Cavaliers' playoff outlook. Tristan Thompson seems likely to move into the starting lineup, although the Cavaliers could move some players around and get either Shawn Marion or James Jones in the starting lineup as well. Either way, those players should receive more playing time due to Love's injury. We'll have to wait and see what coach David Blatt decides to do Thursday.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 5 days ago

Love (shoulder) is likely done for the rest of the postseason, per GM David Griffin, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

Griffin addressed the media Tuesday morning and said it's "highly unlikely" Love is able to return this season. He noted that surgery may be necessary, though the team is yet to decide what course of action to take. With Love out, Tristan Thompson figures to see an increased role whether he enters the starting lineup or continues to come off the bench.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 6 days ago

Love (shoulder) has been ruled out for the entirety of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.

Love dislocated his left shoulder during the first quarter of Sunday's series-clinching win over the Celtics while battling Kelly Olynyk for a loose ball. Love immediately headed to the locker room to undergo further testing, and it has since been revealed that he also suffered "corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising." The fact that Love has been ruled out for the series is not overly encouraging, but if the Cavaliers are able to get past the Bulls or Bucks in Round 2, it seems likely Love will be able to re-enter the fold later in the postseason. Cleveland will have several options to replace Love in the starting lineup. Tristan Thompson is the obvious candidate to slide into the power forward spot, but coach David Blatt could instead opt to move LeBron James up to the four and insert Shawn Marion or James Jones at small forward. The Cavs will also likely be dealing with the absence of J.R. Smith, who is expected to be suspended at least one game after being ejected for striking Boston's Jae Crowder on Sunday.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 7 days ago

Love (shoulder) will likely be out for a minimum of two weeks, but the Cavaliers should have a better idea once they have results from an MRI, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports.

Love suffered a dislocated left shoulder during Sunday's series-clinching win over the Celtics, putting his availability into question for a second-round matchup with the Bulls or Bucks. While more information should be available Monday, it's fair to consider Love closer to doubtful than probable for Game 1.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 7 days ago

Love suffered a dislocated left shoulder during Game 4 on Sunday in Boston and won't be reevaluated until he gets back to Cleveland.

Love and Boston's Kelly Olynyk were fighting for a loose ball in Sunday's game when Love ultimately came away with the untimely shoulder injury that could affect his availability for Cleveland's run in the playoffs. Further news on Love will be released in due time while Tristain Thompson likely stands the most to gain if Love is confined to the bench moving forward. Fortunately for Love the Cavaliers are awaiting their next opponent for the second round so he might have some extra resting time if the Bulls and Bucks prolong their current series.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 1 week ago

Love will not return to Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics after suffering what appeared to be a dislocated left shoulder, Heather Cox of ESPN reports.

Love got tangled up with Boston's Kelly Olynyk during Sunday's game and Love came away from the tussle clutching his left shoulder while running back to the locker room. The Cavaliers haven't officially announced the specificity or severity of the injury but Love is in danger of missing significant time off the court if it indeed was a separated shoulder that caused ligament damage. Further news should be released in due time after Love is evaluated by the medical staff.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 1 week ago

Love scored 23 points (8-16 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 1-4 FT) to go along with nine rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes in the win over Boston on Thursday.

Love was open on most of his long range attempts and was able to knock them down. He had the knockout punches with a pair of 3-pointers in the last two minutes (and he skipped back to the bench after the first). His scoring output was a career high in the playoffs (in three games).

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 2 weeks ago

Love scored 13 points (3-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT) with six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 30 minutes in the win over Boston on Tuesday.

Love had a quieter game in Game 2 than he did on Sunday in Game 1. He was limited by fouls (five) and was not a major part of the offense. Love had the least field goal attempts of the five starters. The Cavalier power forward only played in Boston once this season back on Nov. 14 and was just 2-of-10 from the field for 12 points, but he did grab 15 rebounds.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 2 weeks ago

Love had a strong playoff debut during Sunday's win over the Celtics, finishing with 19 points (5-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and one steal over 33 minutes.

Like Irving, Love made it clear that there shouldn't be any concerns with him entering the first playoff series of his career. Love has scored 16 points or more in three of the last four games coming into the playoffs, so he continued to trend in the right direction Sunday. With his confidence through the roof and a favorable frontcourt matchup with the Celtics, he'll have a good shot at continuing with his impressive numbers come Tuesday.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 3 weeks ago

Love (rest) had seven points (3-9 FG, 1-6 3Pt), four rebounds, and two blocks in 26 minutes in the win over Detroit on Monday.

Love sat out Sunday's game in Boston, but was able to return in the win. He has only hit 33.3 percent of his 3-pointers in his last four games with averages of just 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds.