Monday, January 22, 2018
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Cavs unsure of Love status

CLEVELAND — Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol and uncertain for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers forward was accidentally elbowed in the back of the head by Golden State's Harrison Barnes during the first half of Game 2 on Sunday night. Love stayed in the locker room and did not practice with teammates Tuesday. The Cavs won't know if he can play until before Game 3 tonight.

"He's feeling better," Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. "But right now he's just in the (NBA) concussion protocol."

Love, was not seen as the Cavs practiced before the Warriors' workout. The team said Love was in the building and was checked by the medical staff.

According to league policy, Love is required to pass several steps before he can be cleared to play. First, he must be symptom free for 24 hours. He then will increase his activity: riding a stationary bike before advancing to jogging, agility work and noncontact team drills.

Lue would not disclose how he will juggle his lineup if Love can't play. The Cavs are down 2-0 and have been overwhelmed.

Star LeBron James said the Cavs' focus can't change.

"It's going to be the next man up," James said. "We can't afford to look and say, "Wow, Kev's not playing. What are we going to do?' It's next man up because it's a must-win for us. So obviously his health is very important, but in the situation we're in now, we've got to stay confident. And whoever coach decides to give the nod to got to be ready to go."

ZIKA TALK: Stephen Curry said he understands the risk of the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, but the Warriors star said the epidemic did not factor into his choice to withdraw from Olympic consideration.

"I followed the reports and kind of got educated on that, but at the end of the day that didn't have a bearing on my decision," Curry said.

Curry reiterated what he said in his official announcement: He needs time to recover from an injury-plagued postseason.

Some of his fellow Olympic-hopeful teammates, however, acknowledged that the Zika virus could weigh heavily into their plans.

"Mosquitoes love me," guard Klay Thompson said. "I grew up in Oregon. I felt like I was always getting bit. So it's no joking matter. At the same time, you just have to take the precautionary steps to avoid it. It's not going to deter me from going."

Center Andrew Bogut, a three-time Olympian for Australia, said he currently remains "100 percent committed" to Rio — but wants time to study the issue after the Finals.

"The Olympic committee and the IOC are saying everything is fine but, no (kidding), they want you to go," Bogut said. "So I take it with a grain of salt what they're putting out.

OBITUARY: Former NBA center and 76ers assistant coach Sean Rooks died at 46. His mother, Deborah Brown, said: "It is with deep sadness and overwhelming grief that we mourn the sudden loss of my son, Sean."

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