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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

Chris Fedor: #Cavs Griffin says the team has no roster flexibility to make an addition. Also believes Varejao coming back isn't even a remote possibility Twitter @ChrisFedor

KC Johnson: Reporter: "Tom, any thoughts on the Kevin Love injury?" Thibodeau: "No. Reporter: "How about possible JR Smith suspension? Thibodeau: "No." Twitter @KCJHoop

April 27, 2015 Updates

The team said Love has "an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising" and is undergoing treatment. The team also said it is exploring additional opinions and treatment options. The corresponding ligament and labrum tear make the injury much more serious and the recovery time longer. A 4-6 week absence or longer is possible. USA Today Sports

The average absence for a dislocated shoulder is 27 days, according to athletic trainer Jeff Stotts, who maintains a comprehensive database of NBA injuries. Some players, such as Channing Frye, return in 14 days. Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert, however, missed six weeks with a dislocated shoulder earlier this season. USA Today Sports

Marc J. Spears: Cavs say Kevin Love (shoulder) is unavailable for the East Semis and his status beyond that will be determined over the next several days. Love has "an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising". Cavs also say Love is undergoing training room treatments while additional opinions are being obtained and treatment options being explored. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

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 now that they've advanced, the Cavaliers are not only waiting to see who they'll play next but whether they'll have starters Kevin Love or J.R. Smith for their second-round series. "There's a lot of things up in the air with our team right now," said LeBron James, who has never lost a first round matchup in 10 trips to the playoffs. "It's next man up, depending on what goes on with our team. That's two big pieces, obviously, but next man up," he said. "No excuses." USA Today Sports

Boston has been no sure thing to lure Love, but it had a better shot than most had believed. If Love left the Cavaliers, the Celtics had closed the gap on the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Around the NBA and within the Cavaliers, they understand: Love wouldn't hesitate to bail on the franchise. Love can opt-out of his contract into free agency this summer, or stay one more year and hit the market in 2016. There isn't a team in pursuit of Love who hasn't done significant research and left unconvinced that Love won't minimally explore the market this summer. That was the case before the playoffs, anyway. Before Sunday. Yahoo! Sports

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

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