The Cavaliers Must Press on Without Love

The Cleveland Cavaliers dispersed of the Boston Celtics in four games, yet it came with a price. Kevin Love is likely out for the remainder of the season due to a dislocated shoulder, torn labrum, and bone bruise. Initially, it was thought that Love would be available for the conference finals if the Cavaliers defeated their next opponent in the semi-finals. However, General Manager David Griffin noted that it seems unlikely that Love will be able to overcome the injury incurred when he and Celtics center Kelly Olynyk got tied up in the second quarter in Sunday’s clinching game–kevin-love–highly-unlikely–to-return-during-playoffs-172346441.html.

Fans like Gianfrancesco Genoso ( know that this puts the Cavaliers in a precarious spot headed into a likely match up with the Chicago Bulls. All signs point to LeBron James moving to the power forward slot to replace Love. This will have pluses and minuses with James creating mismatches for the likes of Pau Gasol as he will have to leave the paint to defend James. Yet, the added punishment to James’ body will not bode well for future matchups Shawn Marion immediately becomes a focal point in Love’s absence. In Marion, the Cavaliers will become better defensively since he is stronger and a smarter defender than Love. Yet, Love’s size will be missed which includes the 10 to 15 rebounds that he consistently pulled down. The week the Cavaliers gain with the Bulls and Bucks still going at will be beneficial as Coach David Blatt works at strategizing his line up without Kevin Love.

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