For the second consecutive game, the Cleveland Cavaliers were blown out by the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, so what else could go wrong, right? Well, during the third quarter of Sunday night's loss, Cavs forward Kevin Love was diagnosed with a concussion and entered the league's Concussion Protocol. Here's the statement from the team:
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love experienced dizziness after returning to play at the start of the second half. He was taken to the locker room for further examination. The result of that exam is that he has now been placed in the NBA Concussion Protocol and will not return to play. Kevin did not exhibit any signs or symptoms during the first half, or at halftime, that would have caused him to be placed in the concussion protocol prior to now.
During the second quarter of the game, Love took a Harrison Barnes elbow to his head while going after a rebound, a play that likely should have been a foul on Barnes but somehow went uncalled.
Whether he should have gone through the concussion protocol following the blow to his head remains a question, but Love stayed in the game and continued to play until after halftime. During a play that saw Warriors guard Stephen Curry drive past the forward, Love looked dazed and out of it and immediately went straight to the locker room on the dead ball.
Through two games (basically one and a half games), Love has averaged just 11 points, eight rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 29 minutes. Although he hasn't lived up to his potential in his first Finals appearance in his career, if the 6-foot-10, 251-pound forward is forced to miss Wednesday's Game 3 or even beyond that, he would be a major loss for a Cleveland team that has scored just 89 and 77 points in the first two games of the 2016 Finals .