Cavs forward Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol

Status for Game 1 of NBA Finals Thursday night TBD

Daryl Ruiter
May 29, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love (0) reacts after being injured during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics in game six of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Cavaliers forward Kevin Love remains in the NBA’s concussion protocol and it remains unclear if he will be available for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Head coach Tyronn Lue said that Love’s status is “to be determined” on a conference call Tuesday morning.

Love suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Game 6 against Boston when he bumped heads with Celtics forward Jayson Tatum during an inadvertent, but violent collision between the 2 players. Love did not return to the game and he sat out Cleveland's Game 7 victory in Boston.  

Lue declined to commit to a starting lineup to begin the series because of the uncertainty surrounding Love's status.

"We'll see the status of Kevin so we'll see," Lue said. 

Jeff Green started in place of Love in the Game 7 victory over the Celtics where he scored 19 points.

Love averaged 16.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game during the 2017 NBA Finals that saw the Warriors prevail in 5 games. He is averaging 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds this postseason.

The Cavs are scheduled to travel to Oakland Tuesday afternoon.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Cavs and Warriors will play for the NBA title, a first for north America's four major professional sports leagues that the same 2 teams meet in the championship round for 4 straight years.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is Thursday night at 9 p.m.