Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love left Sunday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference opening-round playoffs against the Boston Celtics with a dislocated left shoulder.
The Cavs won the game, 101–93, and swept the series. Love had two points and one rebound in seven minutes of action before the injury. He had averaged 18.3 points and nine rebounds in the first three games of the series. LeBron James led the way for the Cavaliers with 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 46 minutes.
After the game, Love was wearing a sling and said he had not yet underwent an MRI exam to determine the extent of the injury. He was also critical of Olynyk's actions.
"I thought it was a bush-league play," Love told reporters. "I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose.
[daily_cut.NBA]"That's just not a basketball play. The league will take a look at it and it better be swift and just."
The Cavaliers said Love would travel back to Cleveland with the team on Sunday and receive "additional examination, imaging and evaluation" at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health over the next 24 hours.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports Love is "likely out a minimum of two weeks."
Love was tangled up with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk while chasing down a loose ball with 5:22 remaining in the first quarter. As Love reached out for the ball with his right hand, Olynyk held onto his left arm. Love reacted in obvious pain, holding his left shoulder as a foul was called on Olynyk.
He immediately ran into the tunnel to receive medical attention from the Cavaliers training staff.
- Mike Fiammetta