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Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol and will miss Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday at Boston.
Love bumped heads with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum about seven minutes into the first quarter of the Cavaliers’ 109-99 home win in Game 6. While Tatum played on, the oft-injured Love went to the locker room with trainers, never to return.
Love has now been diagnosed with four concussions in his career.
He missed a large stretch of the regular season with an injured thumb on his left (non-shooting) hand, and dislocated his shoulder in the 2015 playoffs, sitting out the Cavs’ first run to the Finals, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors.
At the time, the Cavs medical team felt Love could have finished the playoffs following a few games off, sources said, but Love opted for immediate surgery instead.
He finished with zero points on 0-of-3 shooting Friday.
While Cavs coach Tyronn Lue hasn’t made an announcement, forward Jeff Green could start in Love’s place.