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Monday, June 24, 2019

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Kevin Love not concerned about discipline for leaving bench during scuffle

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Tristan Thompson may be facing disciplinary action from the NBA for the scuffle he was involved in late in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but Kevin Love is confident the same will not be true for him.

Thompson was ejected with 2.6 seconds remaining in the game when he threw an elbow into Warriors guard Shaun Livingston, who was attempting a meaningless jump-shot. As Thompson was leaving the court, he shoved Draymond Green and a scrum broke out.

During that shoving match, Love was seen walking onto the court. Leaving the bench area during a fight is supposed to trigger an automatic suspension in the NBA, but Love insists he was already on the court trying to get the officials’ attention before the scuffle began. This video seems to support his claim:

As soon as Thompson threw the first shove, Love turned around and headed back to the bench area. He shouldn’t have been on the court in the first place, but walking out to get a referee’s attention doesn’t result in an automatic suspension like walking out during a fight does.

Thompson should probably be more worried about being suspended than Love. The Cavaliers big man had already been ejected before he took part in the extracurricular activities, so the NBA will have to determine if he left the court in a timely fashion. Plus, his explanation for why he was so upset may not hold a lot of weight.

Kevin Love clears concussion protocol, will play in Game 1

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The Cleveland Cavaliers received some good news on Thursday that should give them a much better chance to upset the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

After he missed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals with a concussion, Kevin Love has cleared the league’s concussion protocol and will play in Game 1 on Thursday night.

Love sustained the head injury following a nasty collision with Jayson Tatum, and he even had to watch most of Game 7 from the locker room because the noise and bright lights at TD Garden were causing issues for him.

The Cavs will still be huge underdogs to win their series against Golden State, but it goes without saying that they should be a stronger team with Love in the mix.

Tyronn Lue still unsure of Kevin Love’s status for Game 1

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Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the team still isn’t sure if Kevin Love will recover from his concussion in time to play in Thursday’s Game 1.

Lue said Wednesday that Love was still questionable for the NBA Finals opener, but if he played, he would start.

Love missed the majority of Game 6 and all of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals after suffering a concussion early on in Game 6. He’ll likely feature fairly early on, but perhaps not in Game 1.

Love won’t be the only key player out of Game 1, but he might be the most important absence for the Finals opener.

10 players who will have key roles in the NBA Finals

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For the fourth year in a row, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will meet in the NBA Finals. Unlike past years, it hasn’t been a cakewalk for either team, with the Cavaliers forced to win Game 7s against both the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics, while the Warriors had to fight back from 3-2 down against the Houston Rockets.

The Warriors are heavily favored, owing to Cleveland’s thin roster and lack of support for LeBron James. Still, this series isn’t a slam dunk, and several players on each side will determine how it goes. Here are ten players who will determine the next NBA champions.

10) J.R. Smith, Cavaliers

Once such an important part of Cleveland’s 2016 title run, Smith’s influence has diminished a bit, though he still holds down a starting role. Nobody will mind in Cleveland if his defense is good; the Cavaliers will need him to be at his very best defending Golden State’s perimeter scorers such as Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson. He’s arguably their best option to defend that perimeter outside of James, and if he can knock down a few threes in the process, that’s even better.

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Cavs unsure if Kevin Love will be cleared from concussion before Game 1

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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics on the road in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals despite not having Kevin Love, and they may have to begin the NBA Finals the same way.

Love, who suffered a concussion in Game 6 against Boston, remained in the NBA’s concussion protocol as of Tuesday. With Game 1 of the NBA Finals taking place on Thursday, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters he is unsure if Love will be available.

It would obviously be a major blow to Cleveland if Love is unable to play, especially now that they are facing an offensive powerhouse like Golden State. The Cavs were able to get away with only scoring 87 points on the road against the Celtics on Sunday, but they will almost certainly need significantly more than that to top the Warriors.

The Warriors may be missing one of their key players to start the Finals as well, but they are a much deeper team than the Cavs. Love’s status is a major storyline in the series.

Kevin Love watching Game 7 from back room in TD Garden

Kevin Love

Kevin Love is not playing in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals due to concussion symptoms, but that does not mean he will not be around to support his team.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin says that Love is in Boston to watch Game 7 and will be watching from a room in the back.

Love has had some rotten luck with fluke injuries this season. He broke his hand on a fluky play, jammed his thumb against the Pacers and took an elbow to the face in the same series, and then he got hit in the head by Jayson Tatum early in Game 6.

Even if the Cleveland Cavaliers win Game 7 in Boston, there are no guarantees that Love would be cleared from NBA concussion protocol for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Jeff Green to start in place of Kevin Love in Game 7

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without Kevin Love in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, and they are hoping Jeff Green can be the one to pick up most of the slack.

Cavs head coach Ty Lue told reporters at Sunday morning’s shootaround that Green will start in place of Love, who is out with a concussion.

Green had his best game of the series and arguably the entire postseason in Game 6, as he scored 14 points and blocked two shots. Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics will have had more time to prepare for facing him heading into Sunday’s game, but Cleveland will likely need Green to be equally effective in order to win on the road.

Love ended up in the NBA’s concussion protocol after a nasty collision with Jayson Tatum on Friday night. He has averaged 12.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game during the series.