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Cavaliers’ Kevin Love will miss Game 3 of the NBA Finals because of a concussion

Kevin Love
Cleveland forward Kevin Love sustained a concussion during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

The Cleveland Cavaliers say forward Kevin Love won’t play in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors because of a concussion.

Love, who was injured in Sunday’s Game 2, took part in the team’s shoot-around Wednesday morning, a positive step toward his return to the floor. But the 27-year-old has not been cleared by doctors and will miss Game 3 on Wednesday night.

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Love has been following the league’s concussion protocol since he was diagnosed with the head injury, a result of his taking an elbow to the back of the head from Warriors forward Harrison Barnes.

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According to the protocol, Love is required to gradually increase his physical activity and remain symptom-free before he can be cleared.

Love is averaging 16.5 points and a team-leading 9.4 rebounds in 16 postseason games. He missed the finals last year after dislocating his left shoulder earlier in the playoffs and undergoing surgery.

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