Cavaliers get a huge boost for the play-in game against Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen will attempt to take on the Atlanta Hawks in the team’s play-in game on April 15.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had the eighth-best record in the Eastern Conference but had to play in the NBA’s Play-In tournament to earn a playoff spot. The team took on the Brooklyn Nets for the seventh seed, but they fell 115-108. The Cavaliers could return a key player with a must-win game against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, April 15.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Jarrett Allen will attempt to take part in the play-in game after being listed as questionable on Cleveland’s injury report. Allen had been sidelined with a broken finger since March 6.

Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen will attempt to enter the play-in tournament

The injury occurred during Cleveland’s game against the Toronto Raptors. With Allen sidelined with a broken finger, the Cavaliers finished the regular season 7-11.

Allen was acquired in the four-team blockbuster trade that sent James Harden from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets in the 2020-21 season. After the season, the Cavaliers signed Allen to a five-year, $100 million contract.

Before the injury, Allen was averaging 16.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 56 games while shooting 67.7 percent from the field. He was nominated for the All Star Game for the first time in his career this season.

If Allen is approved, it will certainly improve Cleveland’s chances for advancement. But they must face a Hawks team that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last year.

Cleveland and Atlanta play Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The winner receives the Eastern Conference No. 8 and meets the No. 1 Miami Heat in the first round. The loser’s season officially ends. Cavaliers get a huge boost for the play-in game against Hawks

John Verrall

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