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Report: Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen suffers fractured finger

After Jarrett Allen initially exited the game in the second quarter with a quad contusion.

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ exciting but injury-plagued 2021-22. the

the season continued on Sunday with a victory against Toronto and the loss of their All-Star center.

Jarrett Allen left the game in the second quarter with a quad contusion. but he later suffered a broken finger and will be sidelined indefinitely, according to reports.

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Shams Charania of The Athletic first the news of the injury.

Following the game, the Cavs merely stated that Allen had a bruised quadriceps and revealed nothing about a finger issue. Allen finished with six points and two rebounds in ten minutes.

Coach J.B. Bickerstaff stated after the game that he had not spoken with the training staff and had no update on Allen, who is in his second season with the Cavaliers and has evolved into one of the NBA’s greatest young centers.

For months, the Cavs have been plagued by ailments. including the season-ending knee injuries of top scorer Collin Sexton and veteran guard Ricky Rubio.

All-Star guard Darius Garland has a back bruise. while the Cavaliers are still missing guards Rajon Rondo and Caris LeVert.

The news about Allen is a setback for a squad that is attempting.

to enter the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

Without the 7-footer, youngster Evan Mobley will be required to do, even more, posing a new challenge for the Cavs.

“I’ll have to play more large, and Kevin Love will fill in for me,” Mobley said. “It’ll just shift down the line.

” We still have three bigs: me, K-Love, and Lauri (Markkanen). We’re still a large team that can play in a similar manner.”

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Cleveland had lost six of its previous seven games, but there were positive signs of the youthful club breaking out of its slump in a 125-119 defeat to Philadelphia on Friday.

A game against the club right behind them in the standings was expected to be a more difficult test.

“This is a time and a challenge for us to do what we want to achieve,” Bickerstaff said before the game.

Cleveland led by 13 at halftime and then overcame a stifling third quarter – 16 points on 1 of 10 3-point attempts – to take an 82-64 advantage early in the fourth.

Love then drained a 3-pointer. and reserve Dean Wade slammed a dunk over Toronto’s Khem Birch.

Allen, who was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets in a three-team deal last season.

has developed into one of the league’s top rim protectors and pick-and-roll finishers.

The 23-year-old big is averaging 16.3 points, 10.9 rebounds.

and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 67.7 percent and made his first All-Star appearance in 2021-22.

With the win on Sunday, Cleveland (37-27) took a three-game lead over Toronto in the Eastern Conference standings.

This article is by NBA

 

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