Positive News For Cavaliers On Jarrett Allen

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been slipping in the standings of late, now just one game up on the Toronto Raptors for the last guaranteed playoff spot, in 6th in the Eastern Conference. But a potentially positive development now in the recovery of All-Star center Jarrett Allen from a broken finger.

Allen will NOT have surgery on the fractured digit, and "there is optimism he could return before the end of the regular season," sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports

The hope is for the finger to heal "organically". There is still no precise timetable for his return, but this is certainly good news, as surgery could have knocked him out of the playoff picture. 

There are 12 games left in the regular season, and Cavs are a mere one game up on avoiding a date in the one- or two-game Play-In, which looks at this point to be featuring Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets. 

The 23-year-old Allen is averaging 16.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in his breakout, All-Star season. The Cavs have gone 2-2 since he's been out of the lineup.

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