Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen has been upgraded to questionable for Friday’s Play-In game against the Atlanta Hawks.
The 23-year-old All-Star has been sidelined since March 6 with a fractured finger in his left hand.
It’s a must-win game for the Cavaliers, who missed their first opportunity to clinch a playoff spot after losing to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. The loser between Cleveland and Atlanta is eliminated, while the winner will clinch the No. 8 seed and face the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
Allen was in the midst of a breakout season prior to his injury, fueling Cleveland on both ends of the floor. He averaged 16.1 points, 10.8 boards and 1.3 blocks in 56 starts.