Kevin Love spent all those long, losing seasons in Minnesota aching for a chance to be part of the NBA playoffs. His first foray into them lasted less than four games. Love (left) sustained “extensive” damage in his left shoulder and will likely miss the remainder of Cleveland’s playoff run, reducing The Cavs’ “Big 3” to a twosome. “We all have to pick our own game up,” said LeBron James, who along with Love and Kyrie Irving formed a trio capable of ending the city’s half-century title drought. “We can’t fill Kevin’s shoes, you can’t do that, he’s special for a reason.” Cavs general manager David Griffin said Tuesday the team doesn’t expect Love to return. Cleveland is waiting to see if it will play Chicago or Milwaukee in the next round. Griffin said the team is still gathering information and considering its options for treatment. – AP
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