Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen missed the team’s Play-In Tournament game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a fractured finger, but he’s determined to make it back for the team’s last chance game against the Atlanta Hawks.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs’ All-Star center considers himself “50-50” for the Friday night game against the Hawks, despite still having “significant” pain in his finger.
Allen, 23, hasn’t played since March 6 and the Cavaliers have won just three of their last 12 games in his absence. The fifth-year center earned All-Star honors for the first time in his career this year and ended the regular season averaging 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
Without Allen in the lineup, the Cavaliers lost 115-108 to the Nets in a matchup of the 7th place and 8th place teams in the Eastern Conference. The winner of the Friday night game between the 9th place Hawks and the Cavaliers will determine which team advances to face the top-seeded Miami Heat.
Allen began his career with the Nets and was traded to the Cavaliers in January 2021 as part of the blockbuster four-team trade that sent James Harden from the Houston Rockets to the Nets.