Kevin Love is out for the remainder of the postseason after undergoing surgery on April 29 to repair his dislocated left shoulder suffered at the hands of the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk on April 26. Although he is able to travel with the team, he still faces a recovery timetable of up to six months.
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Love Expects to Return for Beginning of Next Season
Tuesday, June 13
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal reported Love had his six-week checkup, and after being limited to cardio activities, he can now move on to working toward regaining full range of motion in his injured shoulder.
On June 1, Love spoke about his recovery, saying that he expects to play in next year's season opener as a member of the Cavaliers, via Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan. Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group continued:
His return from shoulder surgery was in jeopardy of being pushed back thanks to one of his teammates following the Cavaliers sweeping the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals last week at The Q.
"I walk out there, the teammate will remain nameless, I go up and give him a big hug [and I said] 'congratulations' and he takes his arm and he goes, 'Ah yeah man, good game' and just hits me right on the arm," Love playfully explained. "Some of the front office staff who was out there with me kind of had to grab me and said, 'Are you OK?'"
"It had scared me because I haven't been hit like that," he said. "I look at it like now I know I can get hit like that. I don't want to get hit like that, but knowing that as time goes on, I can put more and more pressure on it and after the six weeks, I'll reassess where I'm at."
The star power forward is out of a sling and said that he cleared things up with Kelly Olynyk regarding the play that ended his season, via Ruiter.
Cleveland fans certainly want the three-time All-Star and 2010-11 NBA Most Improved Player to stick around for, and optimally win, a few titles for the city alongside James and Irving.
While chemistry issues have appeared to arise at times in Cleveland, a logical byproduct of asking three superstars to jell, the potential for Cleveland with Love in the fold is nearly limitless.