Should Kevin Love’s Shoulder Injury Be A Cause For Concern For Cavaliers Fans?
As expected, the Cleveland Cavaliers completed their sweep of the Boston Celtics on Sunday. They knocked off Brad Stevens‘ bunch 101-93 to win their best-of-7 series with Boston 4-0 and advanced to the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs with the win. However, their victory came at a huge cost, because during the course of the game, Cavs star Kevin Love got tied up with Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk and suffered a dislocated shoulder. It’s expected to keep Love out for at least two weeks and could be a big problem for Cleveland moving forward.
How big is that problem going to be, though? The truth is that it depends on a variety of factors. First, it depends on how long it takes the Chicago Bulls to knock off the Milwaukee Bucks in their first round series—assuming the Bulls are able to beat the Bucks in their series, which they currently lead 3-1. If the Bulls win tonight to advance, it won’t give the Cavs much time to let Love heal. But if they don’t win or the series somehow manages to go seven games, Love could theoretically have enough time to get himself ready for Game 1 of the Cavaliers/Bulls series.
It also depends on how well other guys on the Cavs’ roster are able to play while Love is out. Love’s absence means LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will have to play a larger role in the team’s offense. And frankly, you couldn’t pick two better guys to pick up the slack. They’re both more than capable of putting up more points than usual to make up for what Cleveland will lose by not having Love in the lineup.
And finally, it depends on whether or not the Bulls are able to make the Cavs pay for not having Love. The Cavs have been playing so well as of late that there’s a good chance they might not miss Love as much as people think they will. They’d obviously be better off with him, but we think they’ll find a way to be successful without him.
How do you think the Cavaliers are going to handle the loss of Love? Will they struggle against the Bulls, or will they still be able to play at a high level without their star in the lineup?