Will Kevin Love miss Game 3 of the NBA Finals?

Jun 5, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) go for a rebound in game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 5, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) go for a rebound in game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Will Kevin Love miss Game 3 of the NBA Finals with a concussion?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are not in a good place right now, and things are only going to get worse before they get better. On Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Kevin Love took an inadvertent elbow to the head and shortly thereafter had to leave the game with concussion-like symptoms.

Turns out those symptoms were pretty spot-on.

Love was diagnosed with a concussion before the game was even over and now needs to go through the NBA’s concussion protocol and is in mild danger of missing Game 3 on Wednesday night.

Now, while it seems pressing that Love pass through the protocol and get cleared for Game 3, there’s some time in between now and then that makes things a little less stressful. Love is not technically but officially out right now, as the protocol states that he needs to be clear for 24 hours  after his first evaluation.

That first evaluation was on Sunday night, and there’s a good chance that he’s not cleared when evaluated again on Monday night. However, we have 72 hours until Game 3 tips off, so there is ample time for Love to get cleared and play in Game 3.

Even if he’s not 100 percent, the Cavaliers are down 0-2 to the Warriors and aren’t in a position to rest Love in Game 3 if he can play. They have Channing Frye at their disposal, but Love is an All-Star caliber player that the Cavs need on the floor — if he’s healthy.

It’s too early to say of he is or not, but that should become more concrete in the next 24 hours.

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