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Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love out for Eastern Conference semifinals

Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers leaves

Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers leaves the court after an injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter in Game 4 during the first round of the 2015 NBA playoffs on April 26, 2015 at TD Garden in Boston. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jim Rogash

CLEVELAND - Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss at least the team's next playoff series with a dislocated left shoulder, a damaging blow to Cleveland's NBA title hopes.

Love was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's win over Boston as the Cavs completed a first-round series sweep. He got his left arm locked with Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk while chasing a loose ball. Olynyk yanked down on Love's arm and his shoulder popped out of its socket joint.

The Cavs said Love sustained a torn ligament and bruising. He is seeking additional medical opinions.

Cleveland acquired Love in a blockbuster trade last summer with Minnesota, teaming him with All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to give the Cavs a "Big 3" capable of winning a championship.

In his first postseason as a pro, Love is averaging 14.3 points and seven rebounds. Love made six 3-pointers in Cleveland's Game 3 win.

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