Love downplays injury concerns

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has downplayed concerns after he seemed to injure his shoulder and leg during Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

With just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Love was seen grimacing in pain after Hawks small forward Kent Bazemore landed on his surgically repaired shoulder.

And just over two minutes later, Love was clutching his left leg when he landed awkwardly after trying to tip out a rebound.

Despite giving his team a big scare on two occasions, Love made it clear that his injuries are not serious and added that he intends to play in Game 2 on Wednesday.

“Can’t catch a break on that shoulder,” Love told reporters. “I’m fine. It was just one of those plays. You’ve always got to watch those plays when you pump fake on the 3-point line or on a jump shot and you’re leaning in and get hit, but I feel good.”

The Cavaliers will be relieved that Love did not sustain a serious injury as he has been averaging 18.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in the playoffs.