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Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jarrett Allen out indefinitely with fractured finger, source says

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Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star center Jarrett Allen suffered a fractured finger during the first quarter of his team’s 104-96 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Allen will be sidelined indefinitely by the injury to the finger on his non-shooting hand, the source confirmed.

The news was first reported by The Athletic.

Allen, who had six points and two rebounds in 10 minutes Sunday, is averaging a career-best 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds this season.

The Cavs have been ravaged by injuries for months, losing leading scorer Collin Sexton and veteran guard Ricky Rubio to season-ending knee injuries. All-Star guard Darius Garland has been dealing with a back bruise, and the Cavs are still without guards Rajon Rondo and Caris LeVert.

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The news on Allen is a tough blow for a team trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2018. Without the 7-footer, rookie Evan Mobley will be asked to do even more, and the Cavs will be faced with yet another challenge .

« I’ll have to play more big and Kevin Love will play my position, » Mobley said Sunday. « It will just shift down the line. We still got three bigs — me, K-Love and Lauri (Markkanen). We’re still a very big team and we can play a similar way. »

The Cavaliers (37-27) are currently in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, three games ahead of the Raptors (34-30).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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