The Cleveland Cavaliers are winding down their regular season with their seeding in the Eastern Conference still undetermined. They are bound for the play-in tournament but one key member of their team may not be ready to play. Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff gave an update on that player, star center Jarrett Allen, ahead of their matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Allen fractured his finger a month ago and has been sidelined ever since. The Cavs are hoping that the All-Star can return to the lineup in time for the games that matter the most. Bickerstaff told reporters that his star big man is making progress and said that he will play if he is ready. However, he didn’t firmly say if Allen would actually be ready.
Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Jarrett Allen still progressing. No timetable. Asked if he could be ready for a game Tuesday, he said: “If he’s ready to go, he’ll go.”
— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) April 10, 2022
Allen has been a huge part of the Cavs’ resurgence this season. He has averaged 16.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 56 games this season. His tremendous defense and scoring efficiency (67.7 percent field-goal shooting) have been huge for Cleveland. In his absence, the Cavs lost ground in the standings and will have to secure a playoff berth in a do-or-die affair.
The Cavs will know what place they end up in after all the games on the regular-season finale are played, as there are numerous scenarios regarding their place. Even if they get bounced out of the play-in tournament, this season was a great success for them.