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Jarrett Allen Current Injury Status for Game 1 Cavs-Celtics

The Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals after defeating the Orlando Magic in Game 7. Their next opponent is the always dangerous Boston Celtics.

Cleveland needs to be at full strength if they want to beat the NBA’s best regular-season team. Unfortunately, the Cavs may still be without one of their top starters.

Jarrett Allen is officially listed as Doubtful for Game 1 starting Monday night.

JA initially suffered a rib injury in the first round against the Magic. Franz Wagner reportedly ‘punctured’ one of Allen’s ribs as the physicality increased in Game 4. This injury caused him to miss the final three games.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that Allen’s biggest concern right now is the “discomfort and limitations in raising his arms.”

Allen was perhaps Celveland’s most consistent player through the first four games against the Magic. He averaged 17.0 points, 13.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals while giving the Cavs a defensive anchor in the paint, something that will be crucial against the Celtics.

Cleveland’s starting center has also played well against the Celtics this year.

JA played in all three games Cleveland played against Boston during the regular season. He averaged 14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal in those appearances.

We’ll just have to wait until Tuesday to see if Allen ends up trying in Game 1.