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Cavs center Jarrett Allen upgraded to questionable for must-win game vs. Hawks

Mar 2, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen (31) grabs a rebound in the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers have upgraded center Jarrett Allen to questionable for Friday’s must-win play-in game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Allen has been out since he fractured the middle finger on his left hand on March 6. At the time, the Cavaliers said he would be out indefinitely.

If the Cavaliers win Friday, they will be the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. If they lose, their season is over.

ESPN reported Thursday that Allen is “50-50” on returning to face the Hawks, nothing that his “pain is still significant in his fractured finger, but he remains determined to try and help Cavs secure the 8th seed.”

Allen, 23, earned his first All-Star berth this season and is averaging career highs in both scoring (16.1) and rebounds per game (10.8). He is the Cavs’ second-leading scorer for the season. He’s also averaging 1.3 blocks per game.

–Field Level Media