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Jarrett Allen will play for the Cavs today in Game 7 vs Magic

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Jarrett Allen for Game 7 of their first-round NBA playoffs against the Orlando Magic. He is out due to a rib contusion he suffered earlier in the series.

On Saturday, he was listed as doubtful to play in Game 7. When asked late Sunday morning during pregame media availability if Allen would be available to play, Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff said, “We’ll see.”

About a half-hour before tipoff Sunday, the Cavs officially ruled Allen out.

Allen will miss his third straight game with the injury. Bickerstaff has said that Allen took an elbow to the ribs in Game 4. Allen totaled 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go with nine rebounds in that game.

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Allen powered the Cavs in Games 1 and 2, averaging 16 points and 19 rebounds in those two games on 60% shooting from the floor. He scored a 20-rebound effort in Game 2.

For the series, he averaged 17.0 points and 13.75 rebounds in the four games he played. He shot 67.6% from the floor in those games and made 25 of 37 shots.

With Allen out, here’s a look at the Cavs starters for Sunday afternoon, as they’ll look small at the start:

  • G – Darius Garland
  • G-Donovan Mitchell
  • GF-Max Strus
  • F – Isaac Okoro
  • F – Evan Mobley