Kevin Love left the Cavaliers' decisive Game 6 match against the Celtics on Friday after beating Jayson Tatum in the middle of the first quarter. He will not return, according to Fox Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton, and the team will be proactive in stopping him for concussion.
UPDATE: Per #Cavs Kevin Love suffers a blow to the head. Will continue to be investigated for a concussion and as a precaution he will stay out of action for the remainder of today's match.
̵1; Allie Clifton (@FSOAlieOop) May 26, 2018
Love by mistake Butt's Jayson Tatum in the middle of the first quarter of an outing. He walked over, holding his head, and immediately signaled to the PE teacher / medical staff that something was wrong.
Love left the game and went straight to the locker room. This is terrible news for the Cavaliers following the Celtics 2-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Love has a history of head injuries, including concussions in 2016 and earlier this season.
According to the NBA concussion summary, a player diagnosed with a concussion can not return to any kind of basketball activity this or the next day. He must then meet a set of requirements, including free of concussion symptoms during rest, a medical examination, completion of the league's rigorous return to participation effort protocol, then signed by the director of the NBA concussion program.
There are necessary steps to ensure that a player has no concussion symptoms.
The timing could not be worse
Love was the only player to have consistently helped LeBron James in this playoff series. Thanks to a quick help from their bank, the Cavaliers have advanced to 54:43.
It's unclear if Love actually has a concussion and / or misses a potential 7 game later when he does. For now, the Cavaliers need to focus on what lies ahead of them: keeping the playoff hopes alive and securing Game 6.