The Cleveland Cavaliers received a boost before the start of the NBA Finals, as the team announced that Kevin Love had been cleared to play. His status had been up in the air due to entering concussion protocol during the Eastern Conference Finals.
While it is not clear what role he will play, the Cavs at least have another weapon at their disposal for when they take on the high-powered Golden State Warriors.
Jeff Green replaced Love in the lineup following Love’s Game 6 collision with the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum. Love remains the better offensive player, but Green’s footspeed makes him a more ideal defender for the Warriors’ offense.
Love averaged 17.6 PPG and 9.3 RPG over the course of the 2017-18 regular season. Although his scoring numbers have been down in the playoffs (13.9 PPG), he has displayed an increased presence on the glass, as he’s grabbing 10 RPG.
Love, a 41.5 percent shooter from beyond the three-point arc during the regular season, will need to shoot at a high rate for the Cavs’ offense to keep pace with the Warriors.
In returning from a concussion, players must complete the league’s Concussion Return to Play Program.
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