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Update: Kevin Love will not return

Kevin Love will not return to today's Game 4 between the Cavs and Celtics. Love suffered a shoulder injury in a first-quarter tangle with Boston's Kelly Olynyk. Watch live

Dave McMenamin @mcten

The Cavs are up 29-19 after 1Q. Mozgov 7p 4r; LeBron 4p 5a; Irving & J.R. 6p apiece. Of course big news is Love's shoulder injury.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

All injuries are not created equal, but for reference sake, Iman Shumpert suffered a dislocated non-shooting shoulder and missed 6 weeks

Russillo @ryenarussillo

Every year lately it seems like we lose at least one major guy during playoffs. Hope it isn't the case for K Love.

No Love = trouble for Cavs

From ESPN Stats & Info: Cavs are +27 with Love on the court this series, +2 when he's on the bench.

Love heads to locker room

Kevin Love appeared to suffer a shoulder injury in a tangle with Boston's Kelly Olynyk and headed to the locker room. Cavs lead Celtics 19-10 with 5:22 left in the first quarter.

Watch: Cavs at Celtics, 1 p.m. ET on ABC
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The Celtics are trying to do something no team down 3-0 has ever done -- come back to win the series. But playing against LeBron James is its own story completely: His teams have never lost a first-round series. Live on ABC/WatchESPN

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NBA playoff games today (ET)
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  • Cavs at Celtics, 1 p.m. on ABC/WatchESPN (Cavs up 3-0)
  • Clippers at Spurs, 3:30 p.m. on ABC/WatchESPN (Spurs up 2-1)
  • Raptors at Wizards, 6:30 p.m. (Wiz up 3-0)
  • Rockets at Mavs, 9 p.m. (Rockets up 3-0)

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Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

Smart admits oversleeping was "unacceptable." Said alarm clock didn't go off. Said he apologized to team and staff.

Grim series outlook for Clippers
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History tells us that a 2-1 series lead for San Antonio means big trouble for the opposition.

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Tim Duncan: Always happy to help
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On Tim Duncan's 39th birthday Saturday, ex-NBAer Etan Thomas took to Facebook to describe how The Big Fundamental schooled him on the court,

Etan Thomas
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Dave McMenamin @mcten

When given the chance to ask a 2nd Q in the pregame presser, Scalabrine expanded on his identification: "Scal, all around good guy"

First round no sweat for LeBron & Co.
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LeBron James' teams have won 12 straight first-round games, and he's never lost a first-round series, going 9-0 in his career. The Cavs are looking to complete a four-game sweep of the Celtics today at 1 p.m. ET on ABC and WatchESPN.

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

With these pressers being on TV, reporters asked to identify ourselves by name/affiliation. When Brian Scalabrine gets the mic: "Scal"

Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

Marcus Smart late for shootaround after he overslept. Will likely sit out first quarter. Did not impact decision to start Crowder.

Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

Crowder replaces Smart in starting lineup. Bass remains, which might not be a good sign about how much they expect from Sullinger.