CLEVELAND — Kevin Love‘s status for Game 3 of the NBA Finals remains undetermined, according to Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.
“[Love] flew back with the team, feeling better, but right now he’s just in the concussion protocol,” said Lue after practice today. “We’ll know more tomorrow.”
Love was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol during the second half of Game 2, following an accidental elbow from Warriors forward Harrison Barnes. After initially going down to the ground, Love stayed in the game, and played briefly in the third quarter before leaving after experiencing dizziness.
Through two games of the NBA Finals, Love has averaged 11 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Love has hit 3-for-9 from the 3-point line, and 9-for-24 from the field overall. During the regular season, Love averaged 16 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
If Love is unable to play in Game 3, one option for the Cavs may be going to a larger lineup and utilizing center Timofey Mozgov, who has thus far played just 14 minutes in The Finals.
“Timo has to be ready,” said Lue. “There’s a chance and opportunity for him to play, we’ve talked about that as a staff. He just has to be ready, and we’ll see what happens from there.”
The Cavs have lost the first two games of The Finals by a total of 48 points, and clearly need to find a way to change the momentum of the series and challenge conventional wisdom: In NBA Finals history, a team has taken a 2-0 lead 31 times. Twenty-eight of those times, that team has gone on to win the Finals.
“History is made to be broken,” said Lue. “So we’re not worried about being down 2-0. It’s not over until a team wins four games, we know that. We just have to execute. When we have a chance to get on the break, we have to convert. We have to take advantage of missed shots. We have to take care of the basketball a little better.”
Update, 10 p.m.: The Cavaliers are officially listing Love as questionable.