The Cleveland Cavaliers are projected by many to win the NBA Championship. Despite the team’s efforts and hard work, they have encountered maybe the most adversity yet.
During the Cavaliers game four against the Boston Celtics, one of the Cavs star players, Kevin Love, was injured in the first quarter of the game with eight minutes remaining.
Love was going for a loose ball, and his arm became tangled with Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk. After the interaction between the two, a foul was called, and Love immediately ran off the floor.
He was seen grabbing his arm as he ran straight into the locker room. During an interview with reporters after he was ruled out for the season on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Love felt as though the injury was done intentionally, according to the article “Cavs Championship hopes take hit with Kevin Love injury” posted on usatoday.com.
“I thought it was a bush league play. I mean I was out there. Olynyk was in a compromising position, [SIC] had no chance to get the ball.”
“It’s just too bad that he would go to those lengths to take somebody out of a game and do that to someone. I have no doubt in my mind that he did that on purpose.”
Love seemed very sure that the play committed was an attempt to severely injure him. Although the video makes this play look intentional, it is completely unfair to inflict punishment without a proper investigation.
The Cavs managed to survive the Celtics for the remainder of the game, winning 103-96.
Love played a crucial role in the Cavaliers success during the season. Although his shooting percentage wasn’t as high as it’s been in the past, he was still very dangerous from the floor.
Shooting at 43% from the floor, Love still managed to average 16 points and 10 rebounds a game. So although his percentage wasn’t the best, he was still able to maintain a double-double, according to an article posted on yahoo.com.
Love has played an important role, but even in his absence, the Cavs have managed to win three out of four games in the regular season without him, according to the Huffington Post.
Although it is impossible to predict the Cavs future, it is unfair to completely rule them out due to the injury of one player.