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Kevin Love placed in National Basketball Association concussion protocol, out against Charlotte

Kevin Love placed in National Basketball Association concussion protocol, out against Charlotte

Following Tuesday night's front tooth subluxation in the first quarter and subsequently experiencing concussion-like symptoms at halftime and not returning to play, Cavaliers forward Kevin Love received additional evaluation Wednesday morning and has been placed in the National Basketball Association concussion protocol.

The attempted charge was against Miami big man Jordan Mickey early in the first quarter, but he got cracked in the mouth by Mickey's elbow. The official verdict on his dental injury is that of a front tooth subluxation, which in layman terms means a somewhat dislodged tooth. He left the game and never returned.

Love later showed some concussion-like symptoms at halftime and was held out of the second half for precautionary reasons.

Love will be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning, according to the team, at which point a determination will be made if he needs to enter the concussion protocol.

Cleveland Cavaliers Le Bron James dunks against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte N.C. Wednesday

According to the NBA's concussion policy summary, a player who is diagnosed with a concussion can not return to any type of basketball activity that day or the day after. Under this protocol, a player may not return to the lineup until he has been reevaluated by a physician. If a player is not symptom free after a step, he stops until he is symptom free and begins again at the previous step of the protocol - the last step he passed without any symptoms. Because he got there late, Love was called for the blocking foul, but that was the least of Love's problems. Cleveland now holds the No. 3 seed in the East, but has just a half game lead over Philadelphia and Indiana.

Welcoming Love - a walking double-double and inside-outside scoring threat - was expected to help offset some of Cleveland's struggles. They led by as many as 15 points in the first half, and were clinging to a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

"When we had our looks, we had some really good looks, we just couldn't knock them down". Love has suffered a concussion in the past, and once you suffer one concussion, you're more susceptible to future ones.


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