Kevin Love’s status for Sunday’s win-or-go-home Game 7 is uncertain.
Love exited the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 109-99 victory on Friday night in the first quarter when he collided with Boston Celtics rookie small forward Jason Tatum.
The Cavaliers announced at halftime Love was being evaluated for a concussion and would remain out for the rest of the game. He played 5 minutes.
The morning after the Cavaliers forced a decisive Game 7, the team doesn’t know if the all-star power forward will be available. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the Cavaliers are going to reevaluate Love on Saturday after he had time to rest from Friday night’s head injury.
Love’s absence forced other players to step up for Cleveland, but the team won, in large part, because of LeBron James’ heroics. James scored a game-high 46 points to go with 11 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals.
The Cavs can count on James to show up in Boston for Game 7. Yet, inconsistency from the other Cavaliers players has plagued the team all year. Love is Cleveland’s second-best scorer and is one of the better rebounders in the NBA. The former UCLA standout’s availability for Sunday’s game is going to be essential for Cleveland. The Cavs can’t expect James to continue to put the entire team on his back. He’ll need some assistance from the other Cavaliers and the team hopes that includes Love.