Kevin Love’s Status Uncertain for Game 3 of the NBA Finals

by June 06, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a humiliating 33-point beatdown Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and to make matters worse, Kevin Love was knocked out of the battle with the Golden State Warriors due to a concussion.

There’s no telling at the moment what the big fella’s status will be for a must-win Game 3 back in Ohio on Wednesday night.

Last year, the average time missed by a player to a concussion was 8.9 days.

Per the Akron Beacon Journal:

Now all the attention turns to Kevin Love and how the Cavs handled his head injury in the second quarter. Harrison Barnes caught Love with a forearm/elbow late in the quarter and Love dropped to the ground instantly while clutching his head. The Cavs called a timeout and he remained in the game, even making a 3-pointer after the blow to the head. […] The team said Love did not present concussion symptoms during the timeout, during halftime or at the start of the third quarter. But he felt dizzy early in the third quarter and pulled himself from the game three minutes into the second half.


The Warriors went through a similar scenario with Klay Thompson during Game 5 of the conference finals last year when he was kneed in the head by the Rockets’ Trevor Ariza the night the Warriors won the series. Thompson was examined and returned to the bench after he was cleared to return, but he never re-entered the game. He presented concussion symptoms after the game when he became nauseous. […] Thompson had eight days before Game 1 of the NBA Finals and was ultimately cleared to return without missing any time.


“I didn’t even know what happened, but at halftime he showed no symptoms,” (Tyronn) Lue said. “He didn’t talk about it. Then when we came back out in the third quarter, I could see in a timeout he looked kind of woozy. And then he went back on the floor for a second, and then we had to get him off the floor.”