Kevin Love is questionable for Game 1 of 2018 Finals

According to Cavaliers’ head coach Tyronn Lue, All-Star forward Kevin Love’s status for Game 1 of the Finals is currently uncertain, as he remains in the NBA’s concussion protocol.

Love suffered the injury early in Game 6 when he and Celtics’ rookie Jayson Tatum bumped heads. Love went down and was helped up and immediately was taken to the locker room. Love was unavailable for the series-deciding game 7 and had to remain in the locker room area because his sensitivity to the lights and the noise of the game 7 environment.

Before Love can return to action he must satisfy the following conditions per the league’s concussion protocol:

1. He is without concussion-related symptoms at rest.

2. He has been evaluated by a physician.

3. He has successfully completed the NBA return-to-participation exertion protocol.

4. A team physician has discussed the return-to-participation process and decision with the Director of the NBA concussion program, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher.

Since Love has had previous concussion issues ( he missed a game in the 2016 Finals and time in March), there could be some hang-ups about moving him through the steps quickly enough for him to be able to play in Game 1 of the Finals.

If Love is not cleared in time, the. Jeff Green will take his place in the starting lineup.

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