Cavaliers' Kevin Love to Miss Game 7 vs. Celtics With a Concussion

Arnold Nichols
May 28, 2018

It's just something that you really can't explain what he's doing night in, night out.

When the Celtics topped the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 in the first round, Horford was the night's hero, putting up a postseason-high 26 points on 13-of-17 shooting as Boston rolled to a double-digit triumph.

Australia's Aron Baynes had his quietest game of the series, playing just 18 minutes and going scoreless while grabbing four rebounds.

Check out the team sites for the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers for more game coverage. When the Celtics get that complete effort they can overwhelm the Cavaliers. He's sharing why, and which team to back, over at SportsLine. The former Celtic finished 4-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the stripe, adding three boards and a pair of blocked shots. Didn't quite go down. "I just think defensively being able to switch and guard multiple positions, that's huge for us".

That'll likely mean more minutes and touches for Jordan Clarkson, who still hasn't gotten over the hump in his first foray into the postseason.

"I've been fortunate enough to play some good basketball through my career", said the 33-year-old American.

For James, it's an opportunity to extend the season for his hometown team and put off another summer of questions about his future. "He delivered. He carried us home as usual", Cavaliers coach Ty Lue said of James after the game. James will be without his All-Star teammate, as he was for all but five minutes of Game 6, to try to win a Game 7 on the road - one of the toughest things in the game. James was noticeably affected, but stayed on the court to make sure the game didn't get away from them. This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason. "Obviously, getting a couple of minutes [of rest] per quarter would be great, but that's not what our team is built on right now". They're also significantly younger, which will play a role as the teams meet for their third game in five days.


The Cavaliers' lineup is in limbo.

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It's been an odd Playoff run for Kevin Love - who's been excellent at times and struggled at others.

Love and Tatum inadvertently bumped heads in an off-the-ball collision during the first quarter.

Both players were hurt, but Love appeared to take the brunt of the blow. He spent a few moments on the bench before heading to the locker room for further evaluation. The Cavaliers later ruled him out for the remainder of the contest.

"As soon as I leave here, I'll start to prepare", James said after Game 6. James typically banishes nostalgia to a back shelf in his head to savor after his career is over, but he has taken extra time to savor the ride a little. "I wish the best for Kevin Love because he's a great player, and it's been a long season".

Stevens said the Celtics will continue to monitor Tatum's status over the next day to ensure he is fine. After the game, Love admitted that it's a "toss-up" whether he'll be able to play in Game 7 or not, according to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd. Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue initially told reporters during a Saturday conference call that Love had been placed in concussion protocol, before later stating that he was still being evaluated.

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