Kevin Love cleared to play in game 1 after earlier concussion

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 23, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love (0) grabs a pass against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum during Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Boston. On the edge of his fourth straight NBA Finals, but just the third when healthy enough to play, Cleveland’s All-Star forward has persisted and prevailed during a season in which he bravely revealed suffering from anxiety and panic attacks much of his life. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love was cleared to play in game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday, according to the Cavs.

Love missed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals at Boston after banging heads with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in the previous game. He was still in concussion protocol when the team flew to San Francisco for Thursday's opener.

The Cavs are playing the Golden State Warriors in the finals for the fourth straight year.

Love has played center and forward this season and is averaging 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds this postseason. He sat out the 2015 finals with a separated shoulder.

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