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Kevin Love in Concussion Protocol After Tooth Injury; Out for Cavaliers-Hornets

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love (0) is attended to after a first quarter injury during play against the Miami Heat in an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won the game 98-79. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)
Joe Skipper/Associated Press

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love will miss Wednesday night's road game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center after being placed in the NBA concussion protocol. 

The Cavs announced the status update after Love, who also suffered a front tooth subluxation, left Tuesday night's clash with the Miami Heat and didn't play in the second half.

His latest setback comes less than two weeks after he returned to the Cavaliers lineup. He missed 21 games with a broken left hand from late January through mid-March.

The team's statement didn't include a timetable for his return, only noting "his status will be updated as appropriate."

Cleveland, which has already clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, has just eight games left in the regular season. The schedule concludes against the New York Knicks on April 11.

Love has averaged 17.7 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting 40.8 percent from three-point range across 53 appearances this season.

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