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With no lingering hard feelings, Kevin Love complimentary of Celtics

Kevin Love is averaging 17.8 points per game for the Cavaliers.Rhona Wise/EPA

If there are any issues or ill feelings that resonate from Tuesday's Celtics-Cavaliers game after their physical, injury-filled playoff matchup from last May, they won't come from Kevin Love.

The Cavaliers forward said before the club's morning shootaround at TD Garden that he holds no anger or disdain toward Boston's Kelly Olynyk. The two got tangled up chasing a rebound in Game 4 at the Garden, with Love dislocating his left shoulder. Immediately after the game, Love accused Olynyk of dirty tactics and would not accept his calls of apology in the subsequent weeks.

The two have since talked, and Love said he is at peace.


"Time heals all wounds, we've put it in the past," said Love, averaging 17.8 points this season. "Guys here [with the Cavaliers] and guys for the Celtics, we're moving on. We're good."

When asked if there were any hard feelings towards Olynyk, Love said, "No."

He does, however, has vivid memories of Game 4 and the injury that cost him the rest of the playoffs and damaged Cleveland's chances at an NBA title.

"I know this is where I got hurt," he said. "But this is also a place where we closed out the first round last year. So we know that Boston's a very good team and we want to come in here and do good."

Love showed admiration for the Celtics, especially with their recent play.

"It will be a super tough game," he said. "We're playing well. They're playing very well. They're well coached, have great personnel. I think it will very tough, physical, hard fought. They come at you in a number of different ways. They can really get out in transition. They have great players coming off the bench as well as their starting unit. We need to be ready for everything."


Meanwhile, Celtics forward Jae Crowder said he expected an apology from Cleveland's J.R. Smith after Smith's flagrant slap to Crowder's head in that same Game 4 that forced him to fall awkwardly and sprain his left knee. Smith was present at Cleveland's shootaround but did not speak with reporters.

A brief look at the Celtics’ next foe

 When, where: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at TD Garden.

 TV, radio:  CSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).

 Scoring: LeBron James 26.4, Kevin Love 17.8, Iman Shumpert 14.

 Rebounding: Love 11.0, Tristan Thompson 9.7, James 7.7.

 Assists: James 6.4, Matthew Dellavedova 5.4, Mo Williams 4.1.

 Head to head: This is the first of three matchups this season.

 Miscellany: Cleveland is 15-7 but just 2-3 in its last five games . . . Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert made his season debut last Friday against the Magic. Shumpert was sidelined with a bad wrist . . . Guard J.R. Smith missed Friday's game against the Magic with an illness. He will be ready to play Tuesday.