Kevin Love out of Cavaliers' lineup, back in concussion protocol

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James finished with 18 points for the Cavaliers, who were without Kevin Love in the second half because of what was initially diagnosed as a loose tooth and then changed to concussion-like symptoms.

Kevin Love received an inadvertent elbow to the face that forced him out of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 98-79 loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday.

Early in the first quarter, Love slid over to the center of the key to try and take a charge as Heat center Jordan Mickey drove toward the hoop.

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Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points and Josh Richardson and James Johnson added 15 apiece for the Heat, who need two more wins in their last seven regular-season games to clinch a playoff berth. Love scored one point in seven minutes before leaving the game.

He was averaging 20.3 points and 10 rebounds in his first four games.

"The only update is, when he got hit in the mouth in the first half, we saw there was some blood coming from his mouth. We got down. It just became too big of a deficit". Defensively they were disinterested (like most nights), Jeff Green was off (2-of-10 shooting), George Hill wasn't making an impact, Rodney Hood couldn't fill Love's shoes, and LeBron James was reminded Dwyane Wade is the greatest shot blocking guard the National Basketball Association has ever seen. The Cavaliers' medical staff quickly took him out of the game, his absence felt on the offensive glass and in the general makeup of the team's offence. "Not having Kev out there to kind of stretch the floor for us, that definitely hurt us". "Our rhythm was broke just right from the beginning".

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"As of right now, I don't", interim coach Larry Drew said of plans to rest players. That's when team doctors will determine whether or not he needs to enter concussion protocol or not.

Without an effective Love for most of the game, the Cavaliers just looked flat.

But Cleveland's 79 points were a season-low and they endured their 14th straight defeat at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena.

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