Kevin Love had surgery on his dislocated left shoulder Wednesday and is projected to need four to six months of rehab to get back on the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced to the media, including ESPN. This confirmation ends any glimmer of hope that the power forward would be able to possibly rejoin the Cavs at some point during the postseason.
Love suffered the injury during the Cavs' Game 4 victory over the Boston Celtics, when Celtics center Kelly Olynyk became entangled with Love's arm, dislocating his shoulder. Afterwards, Love accused Olynyk of purposely yanking on his arm, but the Celtics center vehemently denied charges of purposely injuring the Cavs' power forward.
"Tough break but I woke up feeling great this morning. Thank you everyone for the love and support," Love wrote in an Instagram post along with a picture of himself in a hospital bed post-surgery.
Without Love, LeBron James and the Cavs will perhaps have to account for the 18.3 more points and nine more rebounds that he was averaging through three games against the Celtics.
The No. 2 Cavaliers await the winner of the Chicago Bulls-Milwaukee Bucks series for an Eastern Conference semifinal series, which will begin on Monday.
Meanwhile, Love, who can opt out as a free agent this summer, vowed that he is still committed to Cleveland.
"I'm committed to this team and committed long term to the end goal, and that's to win championships and to win a championship here in Ohio," Love told ESPN.
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(Photo: Kevin Love via Instagram)