Cleveland Cavaliers have been dealt a huge blow in their bid to be crowned NBA champions in June.
The Cavaliers started the NBA season very slowly but eventually they came good and won out in the Central Eastern Conference Division.
Cleveland then dominated Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but just when things were looking good for them, a huge injury has struck.
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Huge blow for Love
LeBron James' attempt to reach his fifth NBA Finals in a row remains in jeopardy after it was revealed that his star baller teammate Kevin Love will be out for up to six months.
Love went in for surgery after sustaining a nasty dislocated shoulder injury in Cleveland's last game of their series win against the Celtics, and the injury has only now been confirmed as a season-ender.
"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," NBA.com reported.
"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."
Pressure on LeBron and Kyrie
There is no doubt that the injury and time out for Kevin Love will negatively affect the Cavaliers, but it could have been a lot worse.
Of the Cavs' top three stars, Love is probably the only one of them they can do without and still realistically win the NBA title.
More responsibilities and pressure will be placed on the shoulders of both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in the wake of Love's absence, but don't bet against those stars thriving in midst of adversity.
Can the Cavs win the NBA title without Kevin Love? Let us know in the comments section below.
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