The Cleveland Cavaliers are unlikely to win a win or a play-in match against the Atlanta Hawks.
According to the team's latest injury report, center Jarrett Allen is listed as questionable for the Friday's game and will try to play. Since then, the Cavs have gone 7-12, including Tuesday's play-in game against the Toronto Nets, without Allen. The league's 23rd ranked defense, according to Cleaning The Glass
During the team's media availability on Thursday which occurred before the injury report was released , Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Allen was a key participant in the game's lead.
Bickerstaff said, "We haven't ruled anyone out." "We haven't ruled him in either."
Allen, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, is considered to be '50-50' and that the pain in his hand is still significant, while Shams Charania says he will "attempt" to give it a go, but it's not a guarantee he's on the floor.
According to ESPN, Cleveland's All-Star center Jarrett Allen believes himself "50-50" on returning to the lineup against Atlanta on Friday. He is still suffering from a fractured finger, but he remains determined to try and assist the Cavs in obtaining the eighth seed.
Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)
Jarrett Allen, who plays in the Play-In Tournament match against the Hawks on Friday, has been named questionable on a claim. Allen has been out since March 6 due to a fractured finger.
Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)
If Allen can play and be close to what he was before it got hurt, it would be a massive deal for the Cavs. This season, stick defense has been the defining factor, but it just hasn't been the same without Allen. It may be especially beneficial in slowing down Hawks center Clint Capela, who scored 15 points and 17 points in Atlanta's victory on Wednesday.