Kevin Love will not play in Sunday’s Game 7 between the Cavaliers and Celtics, he entered the NBA’s concussion protocol on Saturday according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
Updating now: Kevin Love is out for Game 7— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) May 26, 2018
Love exited Game 6 in the first quarter after colliding with Jayson Tatum and falling to the floor. He left with help from George Hill and trainers looking dazed, but the Cavs did not immediately diagnose a concussion.
Even today Ty Lue indicated they were preparing as if Love was playing, but a team source indicated that he will not play Sunday night.
“Right now our mindset is Kevin is playing,” he said.
The Cavaliers flourished without Love in smaller lineups in Friday night’s win. Larry Nance and Jeff Green stepped up, scoring in the front court and helping Cleveland win the rebounding battle by 13.
Despite that, Cleveland’s struggled to score in Boston in three losses so far this series outside of James’ 27 and Love’s 17 points per game.