Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Love’

Love’s Labour’s Lost… And the 5 Stages of Dealing With It

Friday, May 1st, 2015

[If you haven’t taken a listen to Tom’s terrific chat with Mark Neal… please read no further until you have done so…]

This past week has been a challenging one for Cavs fans, myself included. What should have been the joy and satisfaction of victory, easily sweeping a first round series against a scrappy Boston team, turned rapidly into the agony and pain of a nightmare injury scenario in one awkward yank.

I hate admitting it, but I’m old enough to have witnessed the painfully devastating Jim Chones injury that effectively ended the “Miracle of Richfield” season in 1976. But, be you a long time, die-hard believer in the wine and gold like me, a relative newcomer to the “All In” bandwagon, or somewhere in between, the now nearly unfolded saga of the dislocation of Kevin Love (both his arm from his shoulder socket, and his presence in the starting lineup of his team) has likely sent you careening with me down the rabbit hole of the infamous Kübler-Ross model for the Five Stages of Grief. And if it didn’t, then you are likely either numb or immune to the concept of the curse of being a Cleveland sports fan… or you are a robot.

The stages themselves (for me at least) have arrived on an almost daily basis, with each passing 24-hour frame offering up a new layer of information, media attention and discussion about the joint in question. So, it seemed fitting to break them down that way…

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Podcast Episode 65: Love and (Playoff) Basketball

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

With all the Cavs news floating around this week, we figured we needed to bring in a ringer. Former CtBer, Colin McGowan, joined me and Tom in the podcast booth for a marathon discussion. “The Mess in Massachusetts” weighed heavily on our minds, as did Kevin Love’s future with the Cavs, and that was just the start. Then we asked the tough questions. Who’s going to step up for the Cavs? Were the Cleveland and Boston suspensions just? Can the Cavs win in the next round? We broke down the playoff match-ups for the Cavs and the rest of the East, and gave our latest finals picks too. Then the Kevin Love surgery news broke! After lamenting, we added our thoughts on David and EG’s Hack-a-DeAndre duel, video games, the the champagne of beers, and, of course T-Shirts! WHEW! Thanks to @cs_mcgowan for a very fun podcast, despite the bad news. Here’s Colin’s Kevin Love article from Wednesday, plus his pieces on the Boston Game, J.R. Smith, and free-throws.

Click above, on SoundCloud, or on iTunes to listen.

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Breaking News: Kevin Love Has Shoulder Surgery; Projected Recovery Time 4-6 Months

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Here is the official team press release that just went out…

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love underwent successful surgery this afternoon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City to repair his dislocated left shoulder. The surgery was performed by Dr. David W. Altchek. Continuing treatment and rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic Courts and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health will be conducted by the Cavaliers’ medical staff and Head Team Physician Dr. Richard D. Parker. His projected recovery time is four to six months.

While this certainly provides a concrete answer to whether or not there would be a glimmer of hope for a return of the Cavs’ forward late in the post-season, it no doubt will raise many new questions about his impending decisions regarding free agency this summer. Love can still opt in to the final year of his existing contract with the Cavaliers. It will be interesting to see how things progress.

The timeframe could also potentially put Love’s availability to begin next season in doubt regardless of his contract situation.

In the meantime, all our best at C:tB go out to Kevin for a speedy recovery.

[UPDATED: KLove posted this on Instagram this morning]

The Point Four-ward: Love-less and More

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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[Note: if you haven’t checked out David Wood and Evil Genius going at each other in a classic Cavs: The Duel, from earlier today, go here first.]

Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) The pop Cavs fans heard when Kelly Olynyk “got tied up” with Kevin Love wasn’t Love’s shoulder separating from its socket — the acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising. It was almost as if Love’s shoulder was mic’d up at that moment of “incidental contact” with Olynyk, as a crushing, sickening popping sound echoed throughout all of Cavs fandom. It was that moment that a wheel popped off of what had, until this point, been a very fun ride on the Cavs bandwagon.

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Podcast: Talking Kevin Love Injury with Mark Neal

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Short podcast today.  I’ll be in studio again Thursday for the regular hour-long segment.  But Mark and I talked about the news that Kevin Love will likely miss the remainder of the playoffs.

 

UPDATE: David Griffin Addresses Kevin Love Injury; J.R. Smith Suspension; Moving Forward in the Playoffs

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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…

Check out the entire interview here on the Cavaliers page of NBA.com.

Click here for LeBron James’ comments.

Click here for David Blatt’s comments.

Breaking News: Kevin Love Ruled Out for EC Semi-Finals; J.R. Smith Suspended Two Games; Kendrick Perkins Fined

Monday, April 27th, 2015

[UPDATED WITH J.R. SMITH RESPONSE TO SUSPENSION]

On the heels of Kevin Love being forced to leave in the first quarter of the Cavs win over the Celtics yesterday in Game 4 with a dislocated left shoulder, word came this afternoon that the Cavs have ruled Love out for their upcoming Eastern Conference Semi-Final Series (which would begin either Saturday or next Monday depending on the outcome of tonight’s game between the Bulls and Bucks).

Love suffered the injury after Kelly Olynyk was called for a loose-ball foul for pulling and yanking down on Love’s left arm a little more than halfway into the first quarter on Sunday. Love called Olynyk’s actions “bush-league” after the game and said he thought it was intentional. Olynyk received a one-game suspension for his actions, as announced by the NBA this afternoon, which he will be forced to serve at the beginning of next season.

[Olynyk himself finally spoke to the media (Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe), as reported earlier today by Fox Sports Ohio, to talk about the incident and his trepidation about visiting Cleveland in the future.]

After X-rays and an MRI on Love’s shoulder today revealed the extent of the damage, the team officially declared him out for the next round (against either the Chicago Bulls or Milwaukee Bucks — the Bulls currently lead the series 3-1). Love’s injury is being officially referred to as “an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising.”

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Recap: Cavaliers 113, Celtics 100 (Or, Do you like apples?)

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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Whew. We got that out of the way. Tom Pestak and I tag teamed the recap on this lovely basketballiday. Bill Simmons’ 2016 presidential candidate, Brad Stevens (yes he’s over 35) had his scrappy Celtics squad as prepared to face Goliath as they could be, and the Cavs still covered the -12 point spread with a B- game. Once the emotions and nerves of the significance of the game settled in the second quarter the Cavs went on to out-score Boston 86 to 69 the rest of the way.

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Recap: Cavs 87, Sixers 86 (or, Ugliest Win of the Season?)

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Wow… that was Furkan hard to watch!

There were potentially three reasons to tear yourself away from March Madness to witness this late-season contest between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers…

1) To see if the Cavs would snag their 16th straight home victory

2) To see if LeBron James would pass Patrick Ewing to crack the top 20 NBA scorers of all time

3) To see who would win the battle of the flat-tops… Nerlens Noel or Iman Shumpert

Unfortunately, the pain of watching what deteriorated into a brickfest for the ages pitched defensive struggle for much of the second half, made it difficult to stay tuned for the full 48 minutes (unless you’re a fan of train wrecks and Turkish rookie Centers…).

In what could win the award for “Ugliest Win of the Season,” the Cavs were able to keep their home win streak alive, primarily because the Sixers kept refusing to accept their generous offers to end it. And for a while, not even KLove bobble-head night seemed like it could prevent the Cavs or the sellout crowd in attendance from nodding off into oblivion.

Here’s how it all went down…

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Kevin Love is Not Fitting In (to your Preconceived Notions of Kevin Love Fitting In)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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Editors Note: This piece was published with editorial contributions from Nate Smith and EvilGenius, and with scouting contributions from Ben Werth. Also, please check out David Wood’s Links to the Present published earlier today.

On January 13, the Cavaliers lost their sixth game in a row to drop below .500 (19-20).  Kevin Love played particularly poorly, shooting 3-11 from the floor and posting a team-worst -19 in under 27 minutes.  He rode the pine for the entire fourth quarter.  (It was not the first time Love had been benched for the entire fourth quarter of a non-blowout: on December 26th, Coach Blatt, searching for answers, ran with an ultra-small lineup of LeBron-Delly-Dion-MMiller-TT in the fourth quarter and it worked – the Cavs outscored the Magic 27-14 and won by nine.)  Despite the fact that Markieff Morris (or as LeBron referred to him “one of the Morris twins”) torched King James in the fourth, Kevin Love’s lackluster defense and poor shooting was the story of the game, and the “Kevin Love’s Not Fitting In” theme was an undeniable reality of the young (but not that young) season. But ten weeks later, is that “theme” still even relevant?

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