Cavaliers All-Star Officially Out For Play-In Game

Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Jarrett Allen has officially been ruled out for their play-in game versus the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

The center has been out since March 6 due to a fractured finger in his left hand. Allen recently had his splint removed and has the injured finger wrapped in black tape.

Allen was spotted going through pre-game shoot around prior to their regular season-finale on Sunday and was noticeably testing the left hand. Unfortunately, Allen won't be ready to go for one of Cleveland's most important games of the season.

The Cavaliers have been bitten with the injury bug all season. Losing the 23-year-old may have been the straw that broke the camel's back. 

Cleveland plummeted down the standings as it went 7-11 through their final 18 games of the regular season without Allen. This is such an unfortunate break for a Cinderella Cavs team that, at some points during the season, were in the mix for a top-four seed in the East. 

Nonetheless, anything can still happen in the NBA and Cleveland will get, at most, two cracks of making the postseason. 

Their first play-in game will be a tall task, however, as they are going up against Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and a Nets team that was billed to be title favorites before the start of the season.

Should Cleveland lose to Brooklyn, they still have another shot at the playoffs when they host the winner of the Charlotte Hornets-Atlanta Hawks play-in game on Friday.

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