The Cavaliers are facing a must-win situation in Game 3 of the NBA Finals tonight, and may be without star forward Kevin Love.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 7, 2016
There is some hope in Cleveland that the big fella will suit up, even though he did not practice Tuesday.
The Cavs are undefeated on their home floor so far in the Playoffs.
Per the AP:
The Cavs practiced Tuesday without starting forward Kevin Love, who is following the league’s concussion protocol after being struck in the back of the head by Golden State’s Harrison Barnes during Sunday night’s Game 2 blowout loss.
Love stayed in the locker room while his teammates practiced on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena, where they are 7-0 in this postseason and will have 20,000 screaming fans on their side for the next two games. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Love is feeling better, but his status for Game 3 — and the remainder of the series — hinges on him passing several physical tests and getting cleared to play.
If Love can’t play, Lue will have to replace 16.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. A potential move is bringing back Russian center Timofey Mozgov, who was disappointing in the regular season and has been exiled to the bench. The 7-foot-1 Mozgov was Cleveland’s second-leading scorer in last year’s finals against the Warriors, who switched to a smaller lineup to drive him off the floor. […] One thing that Lue and his staff will change is the approach when it comes to physicality: Cleveland had success when it got aggressive with the Warriors in last year’s finals, so it’s a reasonable assumption that the Cavs will try it again Wednesday.