Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will be re-evaluated Saturday to determine if he will be available for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
Love exited Game 6 on Friday night following a head-to-head collision with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum during the first quarter. The Cavs announced at halftime that Love would not return as a precaution as he was being evaluated for a concussion.
Cleveland went on to win 109-99 to even the series at three games apiece, but as he was leaving the arena Love told The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd that his availability for Game 7 will be a “toss-up.”
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue offered no update on Love postgame. Love told Jason Lloyd of The Athletic it is a “toss-up” if he will play in Game 7.
Saw Kevin Love on his way out of the arena. Sounds like we'll have more answers tomorrow. He has more tests to pass before he can be cleared to play. As for his status for Sunday: "Toss-up," he said.
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydNBA) May 26, 2018
With 6:58 remaining in the first quarter, Tatum accidentally ran into Love while he was trying to get positioning as the Cavaliers controlled the ball. Love immediately fell to the court with his hands to his head as time was called.
Cavs point guard George Hill helped Love to the bench before the 29-year-old went to the locker room for evaluation.
Tatum, who was shaken up on the collision, remained in the game. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the game Tatum will continue to be monitored for concussion symptoms, though “every indication is he’s fine.”
Love entered Friday averaging 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in this year’s playoffs. He has a history of concussions, including one during the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, which caused him to miss Game 3 of the series.
–Field Level Media