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Cavaliers Get Major Boost Before Play-In Game vs. Atlanta Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen drives past a defender.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 02: Jarrett Allen #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives around Christian Wood #35 of the Houston Rockets during the second half at Toyota Center on February 02, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

With their playoff hopes at stake this Friday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to have All-Star center Jarrett Allen at their disposal.

Allen has been out of action since March 6 due to a broken finger. Fortunately for the Cavaliers, the latest update on his status is very encouraging.

According to

Major return: Cavaliers All-Star Jarrett Allen (fractured finger) will play tonight vs. Hawks in elimination Play-In Tournament game, barring setback in warmups, sources tell @TheAthletic@Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 15, 2022

">Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Allen will suit up for tonight's play-in game against the Atlanta Hawks. "Major return: Cavaliers All-Star Jarrett Allen (fractured finger) will play tonight vs. Hawks in elimination Play-In Tournament game, barring setback in warmups," Charania announced on Twitter.

Prior to suffering a broken finger, Allen was averaging 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

Allen's return should allow Evan Mobley and Kevin Love to revert to their normal roles, which is good news for the Cavaliers.

The winner of tonight's game will face the Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.