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April 27, 2015 Updates

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

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

April 26, 2015 Updates

Ken Berger: Nothing certain until MRI, but I spoke with a Clippers player who discussed Kevin Love's injury with team trainers Sunday. Not good. "A dislocated shoulder is usually a 4-8 week injury," the Clippers player said after discussing Love injury with medical staff. Twitter @KBergCBS

The Cleveland Cavaliers' championship aspirations took a hit on Sunday when forward Kevin Love was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder. He sustained the injury in the first quarter of Cleveland's 101-93 series-ending victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4. Boston's Kelly Olynyk grabbed and had Love's arm locked after a missed shot. After the game, Love called it a bush-league play and said he had no doubt Olynyk did it on purpose. USA Today Sports

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