- Allen took a tough fall after trying to dam a Giannis Antetokounmpo shot. Allen got here down on high of Antetokounmpo together with his physique considerably perpendicular to the ground.
- Entering Friday’s recreation, Allen was averaging 14.3 factors, 11.3 factors and 1.3 assists per recreation on 59.5 % capturing from the ground.
- Allen was an All-Star through the 2021-22 season.
On Allen’s damage
While Allen’s damage occurred within the first quarter, he tried to push by it. Allen began each the second quarter after which the second half, however he simply didn’t look fairly the identical. His presence within the paint on each ends of the ground was not on the identical stage because it usually is. He wasn’t as lively, as he appeared to hobble up and down the court docket and tried to be efficient. Allen didn’t play in any respect through the fourth quarter of the sport. He completed with only one level, three rebounds, one help, one steal and one block. — Russo
What it might imply for the Cavs
Allen is the anchor of their protection. He blocks photographs, protects the rim and assist protects the paint. His presence on the defensive finish permits Evan Mobley to be versatile and assist defend the paint. Without Allen on the market on the ground, it modifications the make-up of their general defensive presence.
Then, on the offensive finish, Allen is efficient and environment friendly. He is a extremely strong passer, catches lobs for dunks and works properly within the paint. He grabs each offensive and defensive rebounds. If Allen has to overlook any time because of the damage, the Cavs will miss his size, his presence within the paint and his means to anchor their protection. — Russo
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