Love is side­lined; Smith is suspended

Los Angeles Times - - NBA PLAYOFFS - As­so­ci­ated press

The Cleve­land Cava­liers on Mon­day ruled out start­ing for­ward Kevin Love for the team’s next play­off se­ries — and per­haps longer — af­ter the for­mer All-Star dis­lo­cated his left shoul­der Sun­day dur­ing a victory that com­pleted a first-round sweep of the Bos­ton Celtics.

The Cava­liers also will be with­out J.R. Smith for the first two games of the Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals af­ter the start­ing guard was suspended by the NBA for his ac­tions dur­ing Sun­day’s con­tentious Game 4.

The de­vel­op­ments are po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing blows to the East’s sec­ond-seeded team, which could face a tough sec­ond-round matchup against third-seeded Chicago. The Bulls lead their se­ries against Mil­wau­kee, 3-2.

Love was in­jured when he got tan­gled with Celtics for­ward Kelly Olynyk while chas­ing the ball in the first quar­ter. Olynyk ap­peared to clamp down on Love’s arm and pulled so hard it popped out of the shoul­der joint. Love had an MRI exam and other tests per­formed Mon­day and the team said he sus­tained a dis­lo­ca­tion with torn lig­a­ments and labrum. The team said Love would ob­tain more med­i­cal opin­ions. There is a pos­si­bil­ity he could need surgery, which would end his sea­son.

Smith was suspended af­ter swing­ing his arm back­ward and smack­ing Bos­ton’s Jae Crow­der in the face. Smith was ejected and Crow­der sus­tained a sprained knee lig­a­ment.

Olynyk drew a one-game sus­pen­sion, to be served in the first game of next sea­son. Also, Cleve­land’s Ken­drick Perkins was fined $15,000 and his fla­grant 1 foul changed to fla­grant 2 for a hard screen on Crow­der. Con­ley has surgery

Grizzlies point guard Mike Con­ley had fa­cial surgery in Mem­phis af­ter he was in­ad­ver­tently el­bowed by Port­land’s CJ McCol­lum Satur­day night dur­ing Game 3 of the teams’ West­ern Con­fer­ence firstround se­ries. The Grizzlies had pre­vi­ously an­nounced that Con­ley would not play Mon­day in Game 4, which the Trail Blaz­ers won, 97-92, to avoid a sweep. Mem­phis leads the se­ries 3-1.

The club pro­vided no de­tails about the surgery or when Con­ley might re­turn. Etc.

The NBA agreed to a mul­ti­year deal that makes Stance the league’s of­fi­cial sock provider. The agree­ment al­lows a com­pany logo to be fea­tured on of­fi­cial NBA on-court ap­parel for the first time.

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