In the first quarter of Sunday's NBA playoff game between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, Celtics forward Kevin Olynyk dislocated Kevin Love's shoulder. Upon replay, it would appear to the casual viewer that Olynyk was frustrated by the play leading up to the one where where he yanked Love's arm out of its socket. On the very next sequence, when he saw that Love was in a better position to grab the loose ball, Olynyk appeared to deliberately pull Love's left arm -- resulting in a shoulder dislocation that may keep the Cavaliers forward sidelined for his team's second round showdown against the Chicago Bulls.
After watching the replay a dozen times, this commentator believes Olynyk's dirty play was so deliberate, and so far outside the acceptable scope of play in NBA basketball, that it should be met with the appropriate suspension.
We don't know when and if Kevin Love will return to play this year; Olynyk should miss twice as many games as Love has to endure recuperating on the bench. After all, playoff games are that much more valuable than regular season games -- to the individual, to the team, and to the fans.
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