Cleveland Cavaliers’ player Kevin Love is doubtful to play on the NBA Finals Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors after he was concussed by Harrison Barnes’ elbow.
Love received the elbow during the second quarter of their Game 2 match against the Warriors. He was temporarily taken out of the game to be evaluated by the Cav’s trainer and team doctor as he crumpled to the ground and held his head.
After he was allowed to return to the game, Love, clearly dazed, had to remove himself during the third quarter of NBA Finals Game 2, Deadspin.com reports. Love had 5 points and 21 rebounds.
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NBA Concussion Protocol
Kevin Love’s status for the NBA Finals Game 3 on Wednesday became unclear after he was put in concussion protocol. This means that he has to undergo several tests and must be determined to be free of concussion symptoms before he can be allowed to play.
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Cleared to fly
The Cleveland’s forward was allowed to travel with his teammates on Monday from San Francisco to Cleveland, according to the team’s spokesman. It is unclear, however, if Love can play in the remaining games of the series, NBA.com reports.
For the first two games of the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers was outclassed by the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Now, the possible loss of Kevin Love will further affect their chances of a comeback.
Meanwhile Cav’s coach Tyronn Lue said he wasn’t aware how badly Love was injured.
“I didn’t even know what happened, but at halftime, he showed no symptoms,” Lue said. “He didn’t talk about it. Then when we came back out in the third quarter, I could see in a timeout that he looked kind of woozy.”
In the event that Love will not be cleared to play, NBA analysts suggest that Cleveland could possibly go with a bigger starting lineup and play center Timofey Mozgov, moving Tristan Thompson to power forward alongside LeBron James or he could also stay with a smaller starting group and play Channing Frye.