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May 12, 2015 Updates

My experience has consistently been that anger subsides as dollars increase, and I'm told authoritatively that Love holds no long-lasting ill will toward either the Celtics or Olynyk. Boston can offer Love a max deal a second after midnight on July 1, an opportunity to again be the focal point of his team, lead an emerging surrounding cast and play for a terrific young coach. NBA.com

May 7, 2015 Updates

Love said Olynyk has reached out multiple times and he acknowledged not returning any of his calls. He'll save that conversation for down the road. Right now, he has more important business to tend to. "All I'm focused on is getting healthy right now," he said. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Love rejoined the Cavaliers on Wednesday, after he had stayed away from Game 1. Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk and his representatives have continued to deliver word to Love and people close to him that Olynyk wants to privately apologize to him, sources told Yahoo Sports. Olynyk wants to tell Love personally that he never intended to injure him in Game 4 of that series, that he's sorry for the shoulder surgery that'll cost Love six months. Yahoo! Sports

Strangely, Love continues to rebuff Olynyk. He isn't interested in the call, refusing to ease Olynyk's guilt. For now, Love is a spectator to this Cavaliers playoff run, a player who is probably more missed on these Cavaliers now than he had ever been appreciated this season. "It's so unfortunate that [the appreciation] has to come when he goes down," Blatt told Yahoo Sports. "Kevin, in his own way, sacrificed the most this season, but still gave us a high-level performance. And he needs to be appreciated for that. And going forward, hopefully, he's going to have a long career here." Yahoo! Sports

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"I certainly don't think that Kelly did it on purpose," Ainge said. "I don't even think that that play would have been reviewed more than a foul had Kevin not gotten hurt. But because Kevin did get hurt, the league does evaluate those situations. And I understand a little bit why they did it. "There was a lot of pressure in Cleveland. They were losing J.R. Smith in the first couple games of the next round, and they have Kevin out for the playoffs now. So I'm sure there was a lot of frustration in Cleveland and they wanted some justice. And they scrutinized it, and felt like Kelly gave a little too much at the very end of that arm tangling. "When someone gets hurt, you're just under a little bit more scrutiny. But I thought it was just a foul, two guys going for a loose ball." Booth Newspapers

After getting knocked out of Cleveland's Game 4 win with a shoulder injury -- which required season-ending surgery -- Love said he had "no doubt" Olynyk hurt him on purpose. "I think that that's a little bit over the top," Ainge said Thursday during an end-of-season press conference. "It's understandable in the heat of the battle. I feel bad for Kevin Love because he's waited a long time to get where their team is right now, and now he doesn't get a chance to play." Booth Newspapers

April 28, 2015 Updates

Griffin wouldn’t divulge how he felt about the one-game suspension the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk received for the play. Love was injured fighting for a rebound Sunday when Olynyk pinned Love’s left arm under his own arm and pulled it out of the socket. Love called it a “bush league” play and believes Olynyk did it intentionally. “It sickens me that a non-basketball play resulted in what it did,” Griffin said. “But beyond that, it’s very difficult to watch because it’s totally unnatural from a basketball perspective.” Akron Beacon Journal

April 27, 2015 Updates

Have you realized how much backlash there’s been over the play? Kelly Olynyk: I’d probably get killed if I went to Cleveland right now. I don’t think if someone gave me their arm and I was running forward like that and locked up, I don’t think I could dislocate someone’s arm if I tried. I think it’s a real tough thing to do. Like I said before, it’s kind of ridiculous to say you intentionally meant to. I’d never intentionally hurt someone, him or anybody else for that matter. I don’t think anybody goes out trying to hurt anyone. I think it’s just real unfortunate. If you get tangled up and he doesn’t dislocate his shoulder, there’s’ noting dirty ever said or anything. It’s just a foul. So I just really hope he can get back as soon as possible and help that team keep making a push. Boston Globe

And so, suddenly, maybe everything changed on Sunday. Kelly Olynyk and Love tangled, Love's left shoulder apparently separated and clearly he's beyond furious. He called the play "bush league," and insisted that Olynyk "did it on purpose." Within the Celtics, those defending Olynyk privately suggested on Sunday that "he's sort of uncoordinated and awkward" and that played a part in the mishap. Eventually, someone with Boston will probably need to convince Love about that theory too. Love could be lost for Games 1 and 2 of the second-round series against either Chicago or Milwaukee – or longer – based on the results of an MRI exam in Cleveland. Yahoo! Sports

Kelly Olynyk refuted the claims of Kevin Love that he purposely dislocated the Cavaliers forward’s left shoulder in today’s fourth and final game of their playoff series, a 101-93 Celtics loss. The Celtics forward, stunned that Love would accuse him of intentionally trying to cause injury, had a sharp reaction when forced to defend his reputation. “That’s ridiculous,” Olynyk told the Herald tonight. “I would never intentionally hurt Kevin or anyone else. He locked my arm up, I locked up his as we were fighting for a loose ball. You lock up arms all the time in this league.” Boston Herald

Olynyk, who said he had unsuccessfully attempted to contact Love through mutual contacts tonight, also expressed concern. “I wish him a very speedy recovery, and I hope he can come back to help his team in the playoffs,” Olynyk said. Boston Herald

“I thought it was a bush league play,” Love said. “Olynyk was in a compromising position, had no chance to get the ball and it’s just too bad that he would go to those lengths to take somebody out of the game and do that to someone. I have no doubt in my mind that he did that on purpose.” Boston Herald

Gary Washburn: Evan Turner didn't think Olynyk's foul was intentional, "He's a horrible box-out guy in practice. Can't box out to save his life." #Celtics Twitter @GwashburnGlobe

"We're all men here and we don't need to cry and tell you guys," Thomas said after the game. "It is what it is. It's playoff basketball. We don't want to hurt anybody, but things happen and you got to move forward." Celtics Blog

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