Kevin Love ruled out of Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion
If the Cavaliers are going to take Game 7 from the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, they are going to have to do it without Kevin Love.
Love was put into the concussion protocol and ruled out for Sunday’s Game 7 in Boston after sustaining a head injury in Friday’s 109-99 Game 6 victory over the Celtics.
The Cavs forward collided heads with Celtics’ Jayson Tatum while setting a screen in the first five minutes of the game.
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Love fell to the ground holding his head and the Cavs had to commit an intentional foul to get him off the court. He was taken to the locker room while experiencing concussion-like symptoms and did not return to the game.
The five-time All-Star was averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes per game through the first five games of the series.
Love also has a history of concussions since joining the Cavs.
He was in the protocol in March after taking an elbow to the mouth from Miami Heat forward Jordan Mickey. He also sustained a concussion in Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals which caused him to miss Game 3 before returning.