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Cavs GM: It’s “highly unlikely” Kevin Love returns at all in playoffs, even if Cavs make Finals

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love runs off the floor holding his shoulder during the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Love dislocated his left shoulder and left the game. (Gus Chan/The Plain Dealer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT NO SALES


Don’t expect to see Kevin Love in a Cavaliers uniform again this season.

(Beyond that... he probably stays put, but that is not a lock.)

Cavaliers GM David Griffin spoke to the media and said not to expect Love back at all these playoffs following the dislocation of his shoulder by Kelly Olynyk of the Boston Celtics. From Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report has more details.

That leaves the Cavaliers vulnerable throughout the rest of the playoffs — without Love Cleveland’s offensive spacing suffers severely. From the Bulls (if they get past the Bucks) on teams will have weaknesses to go at. When Love was out LeBron James’ usage numbers skyrocketed this season, we can expect that again.

One other thought: This recovery makes it more likely to me Love stays put. He has questions about durability now (and did before), and while the Lakers or Celtics would still give him a max contract if he opted out, Love may opt-in, play out the final year of his contract with the Cavs then decide his future.