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Cavs' Love suffers left shoulder 'stinger' vs. Lakers

POSTED: Feb 11, 2016 12:55 AM ET

By TOM WITHERS

The Associated Press

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Love Shoulder Injury

Kevin Love leaves the game against the Lakers with apparent shoulder injury.

— Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love left Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers after reinjuring his surgically repaired left shoulder and did not return, but he said afterward he doesn't expect to miss any more time .

Love, whose shoulder was dislocated in last year's playoffs, left the floor in the final minute of the first half after getting his arm caught under Lakers forward Kobe Bryant's while working in the post. Love turned toward Cleveland's bench and said "it's my shoulder" before heading straight to the locker room for treatment. Love's left arm hung limply to his side as he exited.

After the game, the Cavs described the injury as a contusion. Love called it a "stinger" and said he expects to play in the Cavs' next game after the All-Star break.

"At the time I really didn't know what it was," Love said. "It's like when you get hit in the funny bone in your elbow, it's just shooting pain. It felt like fire was running down my arm. It's just a stinger."

It's the same shoulder Love had dislocated in the first round of last season's playoffs when Boston center Kelly Olynyk yanked it from the socket while battling for a loose ball. Losing Love disrupted the Cavs' title chase and for a moment Wednesday night, it appeared Cleveland would be without him again.

The loss of Love in last year's first round derailed Cleveland's NBA title hopes. Still, the club signed him to a maximum contract this summer.

Love came in averaging 15.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.