After appearing to get a bit dinged up in Monday's Game 1 win, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will play in tonight's Game 2..
Love, although not seen at this morning's shootaround, did participate according to the Cavs and should be available to play tonight.
Kevin Love, though not seen at shootaround this morning, did participate. Team says he's fine. #Cavs— Hayden Grove (@H_Grove) May 4, 2016
In Game 1, Love first landed on his surgically repaired left shoulder after baiting Hawks forward Kent Bazemore with a pump fake. He came off the court grabbing the shoulder and had it looked at one the sideline.
Later, Love limped off the court after landing awkwardly during a scramble for a rebound.
Afterwards, Love told ESPN's Dave McMemanin that he was fine. In Game 1, was just 4-17 from the field but pulled down 11 rebonds and played solid defense against Atlanta's Al Horford. While keeping him healthy is most important, Love was and is important for the Cavs. Even if he's not making shots - and the hope is that he'll make more in Game 2 - he's positively impacting the game. On Monday, for instance, he was still cutting, rebounding and defending with effort despite not scoring much.
The Cavs and Hawks tipoff tonight at 8 p.m. on TNT. Expect Love to be in his normal starting spot at power forward.