Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love

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No Suspension For Cavs' Love For Leaving Bench

June 01, 2018 - 1:40 pm

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The NBA will not discipline Cleveland forward Kevin Love for leaving the bench area during an altercation at the end of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

A person familiar with the decision said Friday the league ruled that Love left the bench to argue a flagrant foul call against teammate Tristan Thompson and not to join the altercation. He then retreated to the bench area immediately, so he did not deserve punishment. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced a ruling.

Yahoo Sports first reported the decision.

There has been no ruling yet on possible discipline for Thompson, ejected for committing a flagrant 2 foul against Golden State's Shaun Livingston. He then shoved the ball into Draymond Green's face before leaving the court.

The Warriors won Game 1 by 124-114 in overtime. Game 2 is Sunday night.


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