Kevin Love ruled out for Game 7 against Boston with head injury

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love sits on the court while holding his head during the first half of Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND (AP/WCMH) — Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love has been ruled out of Game 7 against the Boston Celtics, as he is recovering from a head injury.

The Cavaliers posted an update on Love’s condition Saturday, saying he was evaluated prior to the team’s flight to Boston and was reportedly experiencing concussion symptoms. 

Love was kept out of the second half of Game 6 following his violent collision with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.

For Love, who missed most of the 2015 playoffs with a separated shoulder, the head injury is the latest blow in what has been a challenging few months.

In March, he disclosed that he had suffered a panic attack during a game in November, and he experienced a similar episode in January. Following the second incident, several players challenged Love in a team meeting that came shortly after he had left that game and missed a subsequent practice.

Love, who has suffered at least two prior concussions, was also sidelined seven weeks with a broken left hand.

He’s had a fairly steady 2018 postseason, averaging 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds but his critics have often insisted he should be doing more.

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