CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers will be without forward Kevin Love for Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night because of a concussion.
Love remains in the league’s concussion protocol under the direct supervision of the Cavaliers’ team physicians and trainer, the team announced. Love, who went through a portion of shootaround Wednesday morning, sustained the injury in Game 2 when he took an elbow to the back of the head from Harrison Barnes.
Coach Tyronn Lue could start Richard Jefferson or Channing Frye in place of Love when the Cavaliers try to get back in this series against the Warriors. Golden State is up 2-0 on Cleveland. Another possibility would be to start center Timofey Mozgov against Andrew Bogut.
Love’s participation in shootaround is a positive sign that he could return for Game 4 on Friday. But the team said his status will be updated at the appropriate time.