Cavs Center Jarrett Allen Out for Game 7 Due to Rib Injury

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without their starting center Jarrett Allen for the crucial Game 7 against the Orlando Magic on Sunday. Allen has been ruled out due to a rib injury he sustained in Game 4.

This marks the third consecutive game Allen will miss, a major loss for the Cavs considering he was their most consistent player throughout the series. The injury has significantly limited his mobility, making it difficult for him to play effectively.

“Rib injuries, especially in the core area, can affect your breathing and overall movement,” explained Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff. “Essential basketball actions like changing directions and raising your arms become a challenge.”

With Allen out, the Cavs will turn to Evan Mobley, who is expected to play despite a recent ankle roll in Game 6. Coach Bickerstaff will also rely on Tristan Thompson and Marcus Morris Sr. to provide depth at the center position.

Allen’s absence is a big blow for Cleveland. The All-Star averaged an impressive double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds in the first four games. His presence in the paint will be sorely missed as the Cavs look to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals and face the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers will need to step up as a team and match the Magic’s intensity to overcome Allen’s absence and secure victory in the do-or-die Game 7.

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