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Height/Weight: 6-10/243 | Birthdate: 9/7/1988 | Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA | Team: Cleveland Cavaliers | College: UCLA | NBA Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 99/88 | Average Draft Position: 7.95
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Cavaliers F Jones: Presence of Love 'means the world to us'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Injured forward Kevin Love (shoulder) joined his fellow Cavaliers on the bench midway through the second quarter of their Game 2 win Wednesday against Chicago. He received a huge ovation when shown on the Jumbotron and expressed his appreciation.

"It was amazing," he told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I loved it. These are some great fans."

Teammate James Jones believes his presence proved inspiring to the team.

"He's our brother and he makes us whole," said James Jones, who scored a surprising 17 points in the victory. "So if he's playing or if he's on the sideline, it means the world to us. To have him here with us tonight as that extra body, that extra voice, that extra coach made a difference and you could see it in our play."


Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert, forward Mike Miller to start Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert and forward Mike Miller will start Monday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in place of J.R. Smith and Kevin Love, according to Cleveland.com.

Smith is suspended for the first two games of the series after getting ejected for punching Jae Crowder in Game 4 of their opening round series. Love will miss the rest of the playoffs with after undergoing shoulder surgery. 

Shumpert averaged 8.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 62 games this season. Miller averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 52 games. The Cavaliers are currently 4 1/2-point favorites against the Bulls.


Ainge: Celtics' Kelly Olynyk didn't hurt Kevin Love on purpose


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) In his end-of-season meeting with the media, Celtics GM Danny Ainge said he didn't think Kelly Olynyk hurt the Cavaliers' Kevin Love on purpose. 

Olynyk pulled on Love's arm while going for a loose ball, separating Love's shoulder and putting him out for four-to-six months. 

"I think that's a little bit over the top," Ainge said when asked if he thought Olynyk's actions were intentiona, per the Boston Globe. "I feel bad for Kevin Love." 

"I thought it was just a foul," he added. "Two guys going for a loose ball."


Cavaliers' Kevin Love undergoes shoulder surgery, out 4-6 months


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair his dislocated left shoulder and will miss the remainder of the postseason, the team announced.

Love sustained the injury in his team's Game 4 win over the Celtics after getting tangled with Kelly Olynyk. He played just seven minutes in the win, which gave the Cavaliers a first-round sweep.

ith Love potentially out six months, his status for the beginning of next season is in doubt. He owns a $16.7-million player option for next season that will allow him to return to the Cavaliers for one more year if he so chooses.


Cavaliers doubt Kevin Love (shoulder) can return in playoffs


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said it's highly unlikely forward Kevin Love will be able to return during the playoffs, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.

Love sustained a dislocated shoulder during the Game 4 win over the Celtics on Sunday when he got tangled with Kelly Olynyk. Love has already been ruled out of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and Griffin said he would be surprised if Love was able to return at any point in the playoffs. He also did not rule out surgery for Love.

With Love likely out for the remainder of the playoffs, forward LeBron James said the team remains confident that someone will fill Love's role, reports Fox Sports.

"We're a confident bunch," he said. "We have guys who can step up. No excuses."


Cavs F Kevin Love (shoulder) out for conference semifinals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Cavaliers announced that they will be without forward Kevin Love for the conference semifinals, according to FOX Sports. 

Love dislocated his shoulder early in Game 4 against the Celtics. He was tangled up with Kelly Olynyk on a play that could now impact the next round. The Cavaliers will play the winner of the Bulls and Bucks series, with Chicago leading 3-1 at the moment. 

"Evaluation and imaging have defined the extent of the injury: an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising," the Cavaliers said in a statement. "Currently, Love is undergoing training room treatments while additional opinions are being obtained and treatment options being explored. Love will be unavailable for Cavaliers' upcoming Conference Semifinal playoff series and an update regarding his status beyond that will be determined over the next several days."  

It was previously reported that Love could miss up to two weeks at minimum with the injury. While Love is out for the conference semis, there's still a chance he could be back for the conference finals if Cleveland advances. However, nothing is certain at this time. 

After the game against Boston, Love voiced his displeasure at Olynyk's play. 

"I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose," Love said.


Report: Kevin Love getting second opinion on shoulder


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) The status of Cavaliers forward Kevin Love's injured shoulder may be delayed as the player seeks a second opinion on the severity of the injury, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. 

Love, who dislocated his shoulder as he was tangled up with the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk in Sunday's game 4 victory, will be a free agent after the season and ensuring the shoulder will remain structurally sound is a critical bit of information for prospective suitors. 

Love was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday and initial reports suggested he may miss two weeks of action. 


Report: Cavaliers F Kevin Love may miss two weeks


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who disclocated his shoulder in Sunday's Game 4 victory over the Celtics, is expected to be out of action for a minimum of two weeks according to a report by Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.

Love still must undergo an MRI on Monday, but the report says that sources within the organization feel the injury is severe enough to keep Love sidelined for a while. 

Love felt that Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk deliberately injured him during the game. 


Cavaliers F Kevin Love has dislocated left shoulder, MRI to follow


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder and will undergo an MRI at Cleveland Clinic, reports the The News-Herald.

Love suffered the injury after getting tied up with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk during Sunday's Game 4 playoff win over the Celtics.

"I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose," Love said about Olynyk.

"Things got a little chippy," Cavs guard Kyrie Irving said after the game. "I think it was a shared feeling that it just wasn’t a basketball play."


Cavs F Kevin Love injures shoulder, won't return vs. Celtics


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sustained a left shoulder injury and will not return to Sunday's playoff game against the Celtics, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Love is going through further evaluations on the injury. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time but Love did appear in pain. Love scored two points, had one rebound and one assist during his time on the court. 


Cavaliers star James criticizes critics of Kevin Love


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Cavaliers superstar LeBron James not only defended teammate Kevin Love after his team bumped off Boston in Game 3 Thursday night, but he criticized those who criticized Love in the process.

Love was an obvious subject after the win. He scored 23 points, nailed 6-of-10 from 3-point range, including two huge shots down the stretch, and added nine rebounds. He has been under the microscope all season as his statistics have suffered as the third option in Cleveland after a brilliant run in Minnesota.

"He's been highly criticized this year, and for what, I don't know why," James said via Masslive.com before a short pause. "I know why," he added. "I know why. I know."

When asked why, James was quick to reply. "For a team that finally gets together and they have a big three, they have to find someone," James said, referring to the media criticism of Love. "When I was in Miami, Chris Bosh was that guy at one point ... Kevin was the guy they tried to find and tear him down. One thing about him, he's always stayed positive. I've always believed in him."


Cavaliers G J.R. Smith bares his soul in written article


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith refuted his reputation as selfish, compared former teammate Carmelo Anthony with LeBron James and defended embattled Cleveland forward Kevin Love in an article he wrote himself for The Cauldron.

Smith also came across as thoughtful in expressing his feelings about a shocking midseason that sent him from New York to Cleveland. But it was his defense of his character that stood out in the long piece.

"There have been unfair rumors that lead people to have misconceptions about me: that I don't care; that I don't take my job seriously; that I'm not committed to my craft," Smith wrote. "It's unfortunate, but people have been saying this about me during my entire career. It obviously bothers me and naturally would bother anyone to feel that people don't take you serious as a person. ... (after getting to know me) someone tells me I am a completely different person than who they perceived me to be."

Smith went on to write that Anthony is a pure scorer who has never had the luxury to play alongside the quality players afforded James or Kobe Bryant, but that he yearns to win as much as the other two. Smith concluded his piece by defending Love, whose numbers have fallen off considerably this year after a trade brought him from Minnesota.

"Forget what anyone says, Kevin Love is the ultimate teammate," Smith wrote. "He isn't the most athletic player out there - actually, Kevin is like that guy you see in a 40-and-up league just killing it because he knows the game better than anyone else out there. Mentally, Love is just in another stratosphere when it comes to understanding basketball. Plus, not only is he an underrated shooter who can knock down shots better than half the guards in the league, he is also the best rebounder I have played with, hands down."


Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith out for Cavaliers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) The Cavaliers are resting four key players against the Celtics on Sunday. 

Kyrie Irving, who had been questionable with a sore hip, will not play in Sunday's game. 

In addition, the Cavs are resting LeBron James, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith. All four players are expected to return to the lineup on Monday. 

Brendan Haywood is also being rested for Sunday's game. 

The Celtics are 10 and a half point favorites at home. 


F Kevin Love leads Cavaliers with 19 points in defeat


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/10/2015) Forward Kevin Love led the Cavaliers with 19 points Friday but came up short against the Celtics, 99-90. 

Love added six rebounds and four assists in the defeat.


Cavs clear forward Kevin Love (back) to play Sunday vs. Bulls


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) As expected, Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will be available to play in Sunday's game against the Bulls, coach David Blatt said, per the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Love missed Thursday's contest while dealing with a back injury, which has bothered him for most of the season.

The Cavaliers are 8-point favorites.


Kevin Love to start for Cavaliers on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Bulls.

Love missed Thursday's game with a sore back and was initially listed as questionable for Sunday. Coach David Blatt confirmed that Love would play after he was able to make it through an entire practice on Saturday. 

"Kev looked pretty good today," Blatt said, per Cleveland.com. "Hopefully in the morning he'll feel as well as he did today."


Cavs expect Kyrie Irving (illness) to play Thursday; Kevin Love (back) out


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Despite dealing with an illness, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is expected to be available to play in Thursday's game against Miami, according to ESPN.

Meanwhile, forward Kevin Love, who is dealing with a back injury, has been ruled out of the game. Coach David Blatt siad Love has made progress with the back, but it is still sore, reports Bleacher Report.

"He's still not feeling great," Blatt said.

Cleveland is a 10 1/2-point favorite.


Cavs list Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love questionable for Miami game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving missed morning shootaround due to illness and was deemed questionable for Thursday night's game at home against Miami, according to ESPN. Kevin Love, who is dealing with a back injury, has been considered a game-time decision.

Cleveland is a 9 1/2-point home favorite against Miami, per VegasInsider.


Cavaliers' Kevin Love, Iman Sumpert able to practice Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) After experiencing back pain which caused him to leave Sunday's contest, Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said his back is feeling good, reports the Associated Press.

With the Cavaliers having three days in between games, Love said the last two days off allowed him to rest and he was able to practice Wednesday, reports Cleveland.com. Despite feeling better, Love is considered a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Heat, reports The News-Herald.

In addition to Love, guard Iman Shumpert was also able to practice Wednesday and coach David Blatt said Shumpert will be available to play Thursday. Shumpert is dealing with an ankle injury, which he suffered during Sunday's game. 


Cavs' Kevin Love suffers lower back injury during Sunday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) A lower back injury forced Cavaliers forward Kevin Love to leave Sunday's contest against the 76ers, reports the team's official website.

The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of the game and Love did not return. Love scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds over 31 minutes before leaving with the injury. Love has been experiencing back issues for most of the season.

Coach David Blatt said the injury occurred when Love received an elbow to his back and he doesn't think it's a serious injury, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.

With the Cavaliers not playing until Thursday against the Heat, Love said the time off will help the injury heal and he expects to play Thursday, reports Cleveland.com 


Cavaliers PF Kevin Love doubles up vs. Grizzlies Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love scored 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds in his team's 111-89 win over the Grizzlies Wednesday.

It was the best shooting performance of the season for Love, who has racked up double-doubles in three of his four games since missing two games due to back issues. He also kicked in four assists, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes Wednesday.

The Cavaliers take a four-game winning streak into Friday's matchup with the Nets in Brooklyn.


Kevin Love not 'best friends' with LeBron James, plans to stick with Cavs


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Kevin Love's rocky season in Cleveland has led to plenty of speculation as to whether he'll be back in a Cavaliers uniform in 2015. 

Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show on Monday, Love gave a definitive statement, for the moment at least, on where he stands with the organization. Asked if winning an NBA title would sway his decision one way or the other, Love said he has no plans to head elsewhere

"I plan on being a Cavalier either way," Love said. 

Love and teammate LeBron James' relationship has been scrutinized at times, with the two not seeing eye to eye early at times this season. In February, James tweeted, "Stop trying to find a way to FIT-OUT and just FIT-IN," in reference to a quote Love gave about not trying too hard to fit in early this season

On his Instagram page Sunday, James posted a photo of himself and a few teammates, without Love, and the caption, "Clique up!!" This led to speculation, once again, as to whether the two are getting along. 

Also appearing on ESPN's Mike & Mike, Love said he and James are beginning to find common ground

"You know, we're not best friends, we're not hanging out every day, but we see each other every day, whether at the practice facility, whether we're on the road or going to a game," Love said. "I think our relationship is also evolving."

In his first season with the Cavs, Love is averaging 16.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Traded to the Cavs from the Timberwolves, Love is in the final year of his contract and will be a free agent this offseason. 


Cavaliers F Kevin Love posts double-double in return vs. Nets


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love notched a double-double Wednesday night's 117-92 win over the Nets. 

Love scored 10 points and brought down 11 rebounds. This is the 34th time this season that Love has recorded a double-double. He missed the previous two games to rest his ailing back. 

Seven Cavaliers players scored in double figures, including Love, J.R. Smith (17), Timofey Mozgov (17) and LeBron James (16). 


Cavs forward Kevin Love to play Wednesday


(3/18/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said he will play in Wednesday's game against the Nets, according to the Associated Press.

Love missed the Cavs' last two games due to fatigue.

Love is leading the Cavs this season with 10.1 rebounds per game and is the team's third leading scorer with 16.8 points per game.

Cavaliers' David Blatt insists Kevin Love is just resting


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) After Cavaliers forward Kevin Love missed his second straight game Monday to rest, coach David Blatt said Love is not suffering from any injuries, reports Ohio.com.

"No injury problem. Just a fatigue issue and want to give him some rest now while we can," Blatt said. "I just felt it was best to give him another day. We'll see him back on the court Wednesday."

Love has been dealing with back spasms, but it appears he'll play in Wednesday's game at Memphis.