As if the stakes weren't high enough, Kevin Love has been ruled out for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. For those who missed Game 6, Love collided with Jayson Tatum and left the game early. Before Cleveland flew to Boston today, Love was reported to be suffering from “concussion” like symptoms. Due to those symptoms Kevin Love was placed in the NBA concussion protocol and will need to pass a series of tests before he is cleared to play again.
Kevin Love has been playing rather poorly this post season and this series has been no different; through the six games he's shot 37.5% from the floor and a poor 26.9% from behind the arc. The craziest number is that the Cavaliers are a whopping 14.9 net points higher with Kevin on the bench and that number is true on both the offensive and defensive side of the floor. While it may easy to say this match up just doesn't suit him, losing the second highest scorer in this series for your team is a huge blow. It is even worse when you realize the players who have to take your place are Jeff Green and Larry Nance Jr.
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So this is how it's all set to go down, Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals in TD Garden where Boston is a strong 10-0 this post season. All eyes will be on Lebron James who may or may not have left it all on the court during last nights Game 6.
Cleveland is going to have their hands full during Game 7 as Boston's defense has stopped them in their tracks every game so far in TD Garden. Now with Love out, Lebron is going to have to produce another epic night and I highly doubt he ends the game with anything less than 40 points. The big question is how the rest of his team will respond. George Hill and JR Smith have been invisible for most of this series, especially when it's been played in Boston. While Kyle Korver has continued to shoot well, Boston can still shut him down. Lastly, Jeff Green and Larry Nance Jr. are the two players who will eat Kevin Love's minutes. If you're a Cavaliers fan those two names don't exactly fill you with confidence.