The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors via a blowout, 110-77 on Sunday in Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals. The Cavaliers also fell to 0-2 in the best-of-seven series and could be in a worse situation with NBA rumors that star power forward Kevin Love could be out of the series due to a concussion he suffered the last game.
In a play in the second quarter, Kevin Love was it in the head by Warriors forward Harrison Barnes in a rebound play and the Cavs forward collapsed on the floor for about two minutes. He returned back to the game but eventually had to be taken out and went to the locker room and did not play again for the rest of the game.
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The league’s official site has the protocol and conditions for a player who suffered a concussion before he can rejoin his team. This leads to NBA rumors that Kevin Love could be out of the 2016 NBA Finals if he does not recover in time.
“A player diagnosed with a concussion should be regularly monitored for 24 hours for the evolution of symptoms, and accordingly the player may not begin the return-to-participation exertion protocol until 24 hours after the time of injury,” NBA.com states.
“A player who had a concussion may not return to participation until; He is without concussion-related symptoms at rest; He has been evaluated by a physician; He has successfully completed the NBA return-to-participation exertion protocol.”
“It’s important to note that there is no timeframe to complete the protocol. Each injury and player is different and recovery time can vary in each case,” the league protocol on return from concussion states.
In Game 2, Kevin Love played just 21 minutes and scored 5 points on 2 of 7 shooting with 3 rebounds and 1 steal. LeBron James had 19 points but the Warriors dominated them again like in Game 1 as four players scored in double figures led by Draymond Green, who had 28 points on 5 of 8 three-point shooting with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Stephen Curry had 18 points and Klay Thompson had 17 in the Warriors’ second straight win in this series.
With NBA rumors of Kevin Love doubtful for the rest of the series, the Cavaliers will need other players to step up as the best-of-seven moves to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4. Love missed majority of last year’s postseason with a shoulder injury and it would be unfortunate for the Cavaliers if they will miss him once again in the playoffs.
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