2023 NBA Finals

Kevin Love welcomes new baby, will play in Game 5 of NBA Finals

Miami's veteran forward is back in Denver for Game 5 after him and his wife welcomed their firstborn on Saturday.

Kevin Love celebrates the birth of his first-born child ahead of the Heat’s Game 5 matchup vs. Nuggets.  

Kevin Love missed Miami’s team flight to Denver for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He had the best possible excuse.

Love and his wife, Kate Bock, became parents on Saturday. Love flew to Denver on his own, arriving in time for the team’s film session and media responsibilities on Sunday.

Game 5 is Monday (8:30 ET, ABC), with the Nuggets leading the Heat 3-1 in the series. Love plans to play.

“Definitely need to get some rest now, get some sleep,” Love said in Denver during the media session Sunday afternoon. “Everybody’s happy and healthy.”

The Heat will try to become the second team in history to successfully rally from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals. The other was the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers — a team that Love also played for.

Love signed with the Heat in February after reaching a contract buyout with the Cavaliers. The veteran forward is averaging 8 points and 5.3 rebounds in The Finals.