Kevin Love, currently under NBA’s concussion protocol, is expected to be cleared in time for Game 3 of the NBA Finals despite skipping a practice session on Tuesday.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward is optimistic about his chances in Wednesday’s do-or-die home game against the Golden State Warriors.
Love suffered a concussion during Sunday’s Game 2 while battling for an offensive rebound with Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (watch video above). Even though Barnes struck Love’s head from behind, the referees didn’t call a foul with five minutes left in the first half. ESPN reported that “in the third quarter, Love became disoriented and displayed concussion symptoms. He was taken to the locker room and diagnosed with a concussion.”
Kevin Love must clear all tests…
According to NBA’s concussion protocol, a player must endure several tests before returning to the court. The tests include physical exertion, agility work and noncontact team drills. On Tuesday, Love was not spotted on the floor at the start of the scrimmage but eventually joined his teammates and watched from the sidelines.
The Cavs have officially listed the power forward as ‘questionable’ for Game 3. LeBron James says the team must be prepared for an eventuality. “It’s going to be the next man up (if Love can’t play),” James said on the eve of Game 3. “We’re down 0-2, and we can’t afford to look and say, ‘Wow, Kev’s not playing. What are we going to do?’ It’s next man up, because it’s a must-win for us.”
James said the team wouldn’t rush Love back and would follow the concussion protocol. “Obviously his health is very important, but in the situation we’re in now, we’ve got to stay confident. And whoever Coach decides to give the nod to got to be ready to go, and everybody else has to step up,” said the former two-time Finals MVP.
Kevin Love has averaged a mediocre 11 points and 8 rebounds from the first two games of the NBA Finals.