Cavaliers' F Kevin Love will miss remainder of playoffs

April 30, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love underwent surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City to repair his dislocated left shoulder. Because his projected recovery time is four to six months, Love will miss the remainder of the 2014-2015 season.

Love's loss will be felt immediately, as Cleveland's reduced depth will be affected by the Chicago Bulls' talented and deep frontline.

One player expected to see more playing time due to Love's injury will be Cavs forward-center Tristan Thompson.  He started 15 games this season, averaging 12.6 points and 9.7 rebounds.

Coach David Blatt could opt to start Thompson in Love's place, or go with a smaller, quicker lineup with LeBron James at the 4.

Without Love to gobble up rebounds and space the floor with his outside shooting, the Bulls' bigs will be free to roam the paint more defensively.

One thing's for certain: There will be a heavy dose of LeBron James, who averaged 43.0 minutes in the first round against the Celtics, and Kyrie Irving, who averaged 40.5 minutes.

The surgery was performed by Dr. David W. Altchek. Continuing treatment and rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic Courts and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health will be conducted by the Cavaliers’ medical staff and Head Team Physician Dr. Richard D. Parker.

By Staff of and news services

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