David Griffin addressed the media this morning at the Cavs practice facility in Independence regarding the latest update on Kevin Love’s injury. The prognosis from the Cavs GM was certainly a less hopeful outlook on both the severity of the injury and the possible availability of Love for the playoffs beyond the next round.
“I want to make it clear that’s highly unlikely,” Griffin said of Love returning during the playoffs from a dislocated left shoulder. “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.”
Griffin was attempting to set the record straight following any misconceptions drawn from the team’s release on Monday, which just declared that Love would be out for the Eastern Conference Semi-Final round of the playoffs.
“I think it would be a real surprise if he were able to participate in the postseason,” Griffin said. “I still have a sliver of hope for something very late, but highly unlikely.”
Griffin also touched on other subjects in the aftermath of the events of Game 4 in the Garden against the Celtics, including his feelings on the punishment doled out by the League on J.R. Smith, Kendrick Perkins and Kelly Olynyk, as well as the state of the Cavs moving forward in the playoffs.
He also said this…
David Griffin: "We've dealt with adversity all year long … We have a lot of grown-ass men in that locker room"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 28, 2015
Check out the entire interview here on the Cavaliers page of NBA.com.
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