Kevin Love Injury: Updates on Cavaliers Star's Concussion and Return

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent III

TORONTO, ON - MAY 23: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers takes the court for warm ups before game four of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on May 23, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love suffered a concussion when Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes hit him with an inadvertent elbow during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. He remained in the game but entered the locker room in the third quarter and missed Game 3. However, he has been cleared to return to the lineup.

Continue for updates.


Love Active vs. Warriors

Friday, June 10

Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reported Love will play against the Warriors in Game 4 on Friday.

On Thursday, Lloyd reported that Love was expected to play in Game 4 and would likely come off the bench.


Latest on Love's Practice Status

Thursday, June 9

Sean Deveney of Sporting News shared an image of Love participating in the open portion of Thursday's session:


Love Returning to Cleveland with Team

Monday, June 6

Tom Withers of the Associated Press reported Love was cleared to travel back to Cleveland ahead of Game 3 after suffering a concussion on Sunday.


Love Placed in Concussion Protocol

Monday, June 6

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Love was experiencing dizziness and has been placed in the NBA's concussion protocol. ESPN's Rachel Nichols noted the Cavaliers revealed Love is considered day-to-day.

The Cavaliers released a statement regarding Love's status (via Yahoo Sports' Dan Devine):

Love experienced dizziness after returning to play at the start of the second half. He was taken to the locker room for further examination. The result of that exam is that he has now been placed in the NBA Concussion Protocol and will not return to play. Kevin did not exhibit any signs or symptoms during the first half, or at halftime, that would have caused him to be placed in the concussion protocol prior to now.

He had five points and three rebounds in 21 minutes before exiting.


Love Struggling to Stay Healthy in Postseason Career

Love missed the final three rounds of last year's postseason because of a dislocated shoulder, and he suffered a minor knee injury in Game 4 of this year's Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

The 27-year-old has been rather streaky and inconsistent since joining the Cavs and wasn't healthy for their run to the NBA Finals in 2015.

The Cavaliers are facing an uphill battle against the Warriors, though winning Game 3 in blowout fashion has given the team hope as they look to tie the series on Friday with Love on the floor.