Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen has elected not to undergo surgery on a broken left middle finger that he suffered on March 6 against the Toronto Raptors, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes on Tuesday.
With that decision, the Cavaliers are hopeful that Allen could play before the regular season ends, which is just 12 games away. However, swelling in the finger has labeled an unknown timetable for the 23-year-old’s return.
Allen is in the midst of a career season with the Cavaliers after being a part of the massive four-team deal that wound up with James Harden going to the Nets while the center was sent from Brooklyn to Cleveland.
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His first full season there has been a successful one as he’s posted career-highs with 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game along with 1.3 blocks — good for his first-ever All-Star Game selection.
The Texas product’s contributions have helped the Cavaliers surprise many around the NBA as they currently hold the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with a 39-29 record. Without Allen, Cleveland has gone 2-2 in their previous four games.
They’ll be looking to finish the season strong as they sit just one game ahead of the seventh-place Toronto Raptors and the first postseason play-in spot that is in place to decipher the final two seeds in the conference between the teams with winning percentages ranked No. 7 through No. 10.