Injured Kevin Love won’t play in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Head coach Tyronn Lue is weighing the options to replace Love as a starter on Wednesday night.
Cavs coach revealed that he was not aware of the seriousness of Love’s injury during the halftime of Game 2.
“I didn’t even know what happened, but at halftime he showed no symptoms,” 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.”
If Love doesn’t play, Lue has several options in his hands. He can consider starting with Timofey Mozgov as a center, by moving Tristan Thompson to the power forward position alongside LeBron James. Channing Frye is another option in Love’s spot. Frye hasn’t been a starter this season and has played sparingly.
Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen prescribed that Cavs should start with Timofey Mozgov as a center in Game 3 as LeBron James looked more effective when the 29-year-old Russian featured in the playoffs.
Love sustained the injury in the second quarter while fighting for a rebound. He was struck in the back of his head by Warriors’ forward Harrison Barnes, according to the CBS Sports. He returned to the game in the second quarter and notched up a three-quarter. But a fatigued Love had to be replaced in the third quarter and was taken for medical tests.
The Cavs released a statement later which read Love “did not exhibit any signs or symptoms during the first half, or at halftime that would have caused him to be placed in the concussion protocol prior to the third quarter.”
Love also missed the NBA finals last season due to a dislocated shoulder he sustained in the first round of the playoffs.
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