Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love
suffered a dislocated left shoulder during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference
quarterfinals against Boston on Sunday.
Love was injured in the first quarter while battling Celtics big man Kelly
Olynyk. He did not return to the game and will be further evaluated after the
team returns to Cleveland.
Olynyk clutched Love’s left arm as they scrambled to chase after a loose ball
and the motion jarred Love’s arm down away from his body. He grabbed at his
left shoulder as he ran the length of the court, past the Cavs bench and into
The Cavaliers finished a sweep of the Celtics with a 101-93 win and probably
won’t start a second-round series until next weekend.
Love averaged 18.3 points over his first three career playoff games and had
two points before leaving Sunday’s game.
The series finale on Sunday featured plenty of chippy play.
Cleveland’s Kendrick Perkins was whistled for a flagrant foul and also picked
up a technical in the second quarter after shoving Boston’s Jae Crowder to the
court while setting a pick.
Crowder, who had been guarding Cavs star LeBron James near the sideline, also
received a technical foul after he and Perkins jawed at each other in a scrum.
Cleveland’s J.R. Smith was ejected in the third quarter for hitting Crowder
while trying box out the Celtics forward. Crowder gave Smith a little shove in
the back and Smith connected with his right hand as he wheeled around in the
direction of the ball.
Crowder left the game with what Boston said was a left knee sprain suffered on
the same play.