Cleveland Cavaliers’ All-Star Kevin Love Ruled Out for Game 7
After logging in a historic effort in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be heavily relying on LeBron James yet again come Sunday night.
After colliding with Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in the first quarter of Game, Kevin Love was experiencing concussion-like symptoms and has officially been ruled out of Game 7. Ironically, with Love in the game, the Cavs have been a minus-20 for the series, but a plus-18 when he has been off the court.
“We’ll have to prepare our team to play well regardless of who’s on the floor for them,” Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens said. “[Love’s absence] changes some of the things they run, offensively. Obviously they have a package of Love plays that they go to on offense, so they end up doing more stuff with LeBron, I though [George] Hill and [Jordan] Clarkson were good off pick-and-rolls last night, I thought that [Jeff] Green was really good, and I thought that they continued to have all of the different little wrinkles for [Kyle] Korver and [J.R.] Smith coming off the screens. Obviously, they run a little bit less of the Love stuff and more of the other stuff.”
At home, the Celtics have been nearly invincible and it will now be up to James to put together yet another mesmerizing performance if he hopes to compete in this year’s NBA Finals.