BOSTON (Sporting Alert) — Kevin Love left Cleveland Cavaliers playoff game with Boston Celtics midway through the first quarter after suffering a shoulder injury.
Love, who battling for a long rebound with Boston center Kelly Olynyk, felt his left shoulder popped out-of-place during the tangle.
The star power forward, who scored the first basket of game, got the got the foul called in his favor, and while holding on to his shoulder, he immediately ran off the court and into the Cavs’ locker room for treatment, as the team trainer and team doctor followed him.
As the two players battled for a ball just away from the basket, Olynyk pulled on the left arm of Love while leaning on his shoulder, which caused the apparent dislocation.
He left the game with 5:22 remaining in the opening quarter.
ESPN/ABC reporter Heather Cox reports that Love will not return to the game and the team doctors are treating his injury as a left shoulder problem.
Cavs lead the Boston Celtics 29-19 after the first quarter, with Timofey Mozgov leading the way with seven points and four rebounds.
Kyrie Irving has six points and four rebounds and J.R. Smith has six points. LeBron James has four points and five assists for the Cavaliers.
Cavs coach David Blatt is hoping other players will now step up with Love being out.
“We have to make up for it. Everybody has got to be ready to make up for it (Love being out),” Blatt said.
He added: “Sometimes when guys go down someone else comes in and make up for it and that’s what we are hoping for today.”