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Cavaliers’ Kevin Porter Jr. placed in concussion protocol

Kevin Porter Jr., Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Thursday that Cavs rookie guard Kevin Porter Jr. has been placed in the NBA concussion protocol after sustaining contact to the head during Wednesday’s game against the Boston Celtics at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Porter’s status and return to play will be updated as appropriate.

Porter has appeared in 50 games for the Cavs this season. He’s averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The Cavs’ young core is headlined by Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr., Cedi Osman, Larry Nance Jr. and Dante Exum. The Cavs reportedly believe in new head coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s ability to develop the young talent on the roster.

Moving forward, it’s safe to say Cavs players are going to play harder for Bickerstaff than they did for John Beilein. Bickerstaff has a lot of experience with NBA players from his time with the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies. He’s not going to treat the guys like college players.

The Cavs will likely try to trade All-Star power forward Kevin Love in the summer after failing to move him at the trade deadline. Tristan Thompson becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season ends, and it doesn’t make sense for the team or Thompson to strike a new deal.

New center Andre Drummond, meanwhile, has a player option for 2020-21 that he is expected to pick up. He’s only 26 and puts up great numbers, but he doesn’t really impact winning, so Cleveland could try to flip him in the offseason.

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