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Cavaliers’ Love (concussion) cleared for Game 1

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love cleared concussion protocol and is available for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

Love was still in concussion protocol as of Wednesday afternoon, and his status for Thursday’s game was considered uncertain until the team’s official announcement Thursday.

He took part in shooting drills during the open portion of Cleveland’s practice Wednesday.

Love missed almost all of Games 6 and 7 of the Eastern Conference finals following a head-to-head collision with Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in the first quarter on Friday. Love was re-evaluated Saturday before the decision to hold him out of Sunday’s Game 7, though he traveled with the team to Boston and attended the game.

Jeff Green started in Love’s place and totaled 19 points and eight rebounds in Game 7.

Love, 29, is averaging 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in the postseason.

Three years ago, he missed the entirety of the Cavaliers’ NBA Finals series with the Warriors due to a separated shoulder. Golden State won in six games.

–Field Level Media

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