Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol, status uncertain for Game 1
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have to face the Golden State Warriors without Kevin Love in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night as the forward remains in concussion protocol, per an update from Tyronn Lue.
“He’s still in the concussion protocol … as far as being ready for Thursday, it’s still to be determined,” Lue said Tuesday, via 92.3 The Fan’s Daryl Ruiter and later reported as well by Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon.
Love originally suffered the injury during the Cavs’ Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics when he bumped heads with Jayson Tatum.
Kevin Love and Jayson Tatum just collided on the court. ( @MillerLite) pic.twitter.com/FuRVHr3ree
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 26, 2018
Love was held out of the Cavaliers’ Game 7 victory and now it appears there’s at least a chance of the 29-year-old being unable to suit for Game 1 at Oracle Arena.
The Cavaliers’ supporting cast did an admirable job picking up the slack left in Love’s absence to help LeBron James lead the team to Sunday’s 87-79 win. That said, the Warriors obviously present a far more formidable challenge than the shorthanded Celtics, something illustrated by how the Cavaliers are overwhelming underdogs heading into the NBA Finals.
Not having Love certainly makes things significantly more difficult. And despite what one NBA analyst had to say about Love missing postseason games, concussions should not be treated lightly.