Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen misses Game 7 with bruised Ribs

The third straight game in the series that Allen has been forced to miss due to injury is Sunday’s Game 7.

Jarrett Allen, the center for the Cavaliers, missed Sunday’s Game 7 against Orlando due to a severe rib injury that kept him out of the last three games of the first-round series.

Prior to getting ill, most likely in Game 4, Allen, who pulled down 20 rebounds in Game 2, had been the Cavaliers’ most reliable player throughout the series.

When asked if Allen will be available prior to the series finale, Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff simply replied, “We’ll see.” However, the 6-foot-11 Allen’s mobility problems still make it impossible for him to play meaningful minutes.

All the Cavs have stated is that Allen has rib bruises.

Allen played four games versus the Magic, averaging 17.0 points and 13.8 rebounds. The Cavaliers were defeated in five games by the New York Knicks in the previous year’s first round, and Allen said that the “lights were too bright” for him and his teammates. Allen had wanted to make amends for that performance.

In 77 games this season, Allen, who was acquired from Brooklyn via trade, averaged a career-high 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. This was his fourth season with Cleveland.

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