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Cavs GM Says It's "Highly Unlikely" Love Plays Again This Postseason

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(INDEPENDENCE, Ohio) -- Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin said Tuesday that he does not expect injured star Kevin Love back for the remainder of the playoffs.

Love was injured during the first quarter of Game 4 of the team's first round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. He was tied up with Boston's Kelly Olynyk when Olynyk tugged at Love's arm while the two were battling for a rebound. The tug ended up popping Love's arm out of the shoulder joint.

"I want to make it clear that's highly unlikely," Griffin said of Love returning during the postseason. "The damage to his shoulder is extensive. This is not a situation where we're expecting he will be available for any of this and we're in the process of gathering information in terms of what the exact, right, next steps are and every option is on the table."

It's possible Love could have surgery. His first MRI showed, "an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising." Love is currently looking for a second opinion.

After the game in which he was hurt, Love described Olynyk's injurious move as "bush-league." As a result of the play, Olynyk has been suspended one game to start the 2015-16 season.

The Cavaliers will play the winner of the Chicago Bulls/Milwaukee Bucks series in round two.

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Cavaliers Sweep Celtics, Love Hurts Shoulder

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers took care of business and swept the Boston Celtics out of the first round of the playoffs on Sunday 101-93.

Kevin Love left in the first quarter after suffering a dislocated shoulder and did not return and is questionable moving forward in the playoffs.

"That's just not a basketball play," Love said of the way Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk tangled up his right arm with Love's left.  "I expect it to be physical, but when it has to go to that length it's just not the way it's supposed to be, that's not how you play basketball."

LeBron James scored 27 and Kyrie Irving added 24 in the sweep.

"It didn't look like a basketball play," James said of the Love injury.  "I've seen a lot of tie-ups in my day and that tie-up was a little different."

"You want to play the game of basketball the right way, but you never want it to get out of hand when you have injuries," James continued.  

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas had 21 in the loss and Avery Bradley finished with 16.

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Love Gets First Playoff Victory, Cavs Beat Celtics, 113-100

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- After six seasons in the NBA, Kevin Love finally experienced a playoff game and victory on Sunday in the Cavaliers 113-100 win over the Celtics in round one of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Love scored 19 in the win and Kyrie Irving scored 30 in his first playoff game.  LeBron James added 20 in the win.

"I just try to find a way to get [Love] touches," James said.  "Even though he was missing shots early, those were great shots and he was very aggressive and I just wanted him to stay with it."

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and 10 assists in the loss and Avery Bradley was held to seven points. 

"We're still confident," Thomas said. "Guys are ready for Game 2, knowing that good or bad you've got to have a short memory. There are possibly seven games in this series and it could go either way."

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LeBron James To Miss Two Weeks

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' season struggles may escalate as they are about to lost their best player.

LeBron James will miss the next two weeks with knee and back pain, according to an announcement from the team via Twitter on Thursday. 

James, who has missed the previous two games, re-injured his knee on Christmas Day against the Miami Heat, when he jumped over courtside seats.

"I've been playing with it, and it goes away and comes back," he said. "So, the one in Miami kind of reaggravated it when I came out of the game in the third quarter."

This couldn't come at a worse time for the Cavaliers as they have already lost Anderson Verajao for the season to an Achilles tear and Kevin Love has been battling routine aches and pains.

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Fast Start Powers Cleveland Past Hornets

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers jumped out to a 21-0 lead over New Orleans and pulled away in the third as the Cavaliers (14-9) defeated the Hornets (6-18) 97-88 on Monday night.

It was the third straight loss for New Orleans and the sixth straight home win for Cleveland.

"We had a lull in the second quarter and in the third quarter, which really allowed them to get back in the game, but we sustained the effort for close to 48 minutes," Cavaliers forward LeBron James said.

The 21-0 lead to open the game is the largest since a 22-0 lead for Portland against Boston in 2004.

"Being 21 down against an elite team on their floor is tough to overcome," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. "We played a good enough offensive game to win against a terrific team, but our first-quarter defense was obviously poor."

Despite trailing 21-0, the Hornets did fight back and closed the gap to within two points. However, after cutting the deficit to 59-57, New Orleans watched as the Cavs went on a 21-9 run to end the third.

James finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds while Kevin Love added 22 points and 28 rebounds for Cleveland. Meanwhile, Kemba Walker led the way for the Hornets, pouring in 24 points while Al Jefferson added 14.

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LeBron Leads Cleveland to Sixth Straight Win

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- LeBron James had 24 points and a season-high 13 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated Eastern Conference-leading Toronto 105-91 on Friday. It was the sixth straight win for the Cavaliers (11-7), who avenged an earlier home loss to the Raptors (15-5).

"I feel really good with where I am but I feel even greater as far as where our team is right now," said James. 

The Cavaliers held Toronto to 40.7 percent shooting (35-of-86) while picking up seven steals in the win. Cleveland also out-rebounded the Raptors 48 to 40 as Kevin Love controlled the glass with a game-high 13 boards. The Cavs led 30-21 despite 12 points from Amir Johnson, who finished with a game-high 27 points for Toronto.

Cleveland eventually held a 51-44 advantage at the break but the Raptors took their first lead on Kyle Lowrie's three-pointer with 7:14 to play in the third, a 58-57 edge. The Cavaliers quickly regained control, going on a 16-2 run and never looked back. It was the third loss in five games for Toronto.

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LeBron James: Need to be Patient

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(INDEPENDENCE, Ohio) -- LeBron James learned a lot about himself and the way to win during his time with Miami.

James, who made four NBA Finals and took home two titles during his time in Miami, admitted on Friday that things will take time to develop chemistry between himself, Kyrie Irving, and All-Star Kevin Love.

"Patience," James said. "You need to be very patient with the process and understand. I think everyone always wants to see the end result and what's at the end of the tunnel, and don't quite understand what goes on from the start to the finish and what's in between that. And I understand that and I know that, so patience is the biggest thing that I've learned."

Cavaliers first-year head coach David Blatt is confident in his roster, but still knows that in the end it comes down to hard work.

"There are a lot of great names that have come into the organization ... but I know from my multiple years of experience in the business that names don't play, teams do, and teams do need some time to develop, to find their identity, to establish themselves, and to establish what they're made of," Blatt said. "Our goals are high. We're not shying away from that. Does that mean championship today? I don't know. I don't know if that's fair."

Love understands that the rest of the league will gunning for them.

"Nothing is going to be given to us," Love said. "A lot of people want to say, 'Championship or bust,' and sure, that's going to be a good mentality to have because we want the pressure on us. We want people to look at us as one of the best teams because we're going to have to hold ourselves accountable for everything that we do with our actions on and off the floor. But I'm looking forward to building with this team."

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Timberwolves Offer Max Deal to Bledsoe

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly offered a maximum contract to restricted free-agent Eric Bledsoe in hopes of a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns, Bledsoe's current team. 

The deal is for a reported four years and $63 million, exceeding the Suns offer of four years and $48 million. Bledsoe has told the Suns, as well as other teams, that he would only consider a max contract but would be willing to sign a qualifying offer worth one year and $3.7 million. By signing that deal, Bledsoe would make himself an unrestricted free agent following the 2014-15 season.

Minnesota had inquired about Bledsoe while shopping all-star forward Kevin Love, but trade talks never reached a serious point. The Timberwolves are hoping to pair Bledsoe with Andrew Wiggins, whom they acquired from Cleveland for Love.

Phoenix has already started making possible arrangements for life after Bledsoe. The Suns signed free-agent Isaiah Thomas and drafted Tyler Ennis in the first-year player draft in June. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points per game for Phoenix last season.

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Report: Cavaliers Have Trade in Place for Kevin Love

NBA via Minnestoa Timberwolves(NEW YORK) -- Kevin Love will join LeBron James in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves have an agreement in principle that will ship the All-Star for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a 2015 first-round pick, reports Yahoo! Sports.

Love will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year deal worth over $120 million, according to the report.

The Cavaliers drafted Wiggins with the No. 1 pick in this year's draft and he signed last week, which is why the deal can not be official until Aug. 23.

Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, both top-5 in the NBA last year.

There will be a new big three in the Eastern Conference with Love, James, and All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who averaged 20.8 points last season.

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Timberwolves Admit Kevin Love Trade 'Likely' to Happen

NBA via Minnestoa Timberwolves(NEW YORK) -- As each day passes, it looks more and more like Kevin Love's days with the Minnesota Timberwolves are coming to an end as team owner Glen Taylor admits that a trade is "likely."

"I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do," Taylor told the Pioneer Press.

Rumors have swirled all offseason, and even before, that Love would not sign a contract extension with the team and that he will pursue free agency once his contract expires.

While the team wants to retain Love, they realize that trading him may be the only way to salvage anything from an imminent departure.

Reportedly, Love may be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a multi-player and possibly multi-team trade that would include number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins.

Wiggins signed his rookie contract last week, and the team must wait 30 days after signing his deal to trade him, making a late August trade a possible time frame for a deal to happen.

This past season, Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, both top-5 in the NBA.

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