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Report: Cavaliers’ Jarrett Allen could return in regular season, not undergoing finger surgery

Jarrett Allen in Minnesota Timberwolves v Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 28: Jarrett Allen #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 28, 2022 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen broke his finger last week and faced the always-nerve-wracking indefinite timeline.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

Cleveland Cavaliers star Jarrett Allen will not have surgery on his fractured left middle finger, and there is optimism he could return before the end of the regular season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Allen, 23, was deliberating if he would undergo a surgical procedure or allow the finger to heal organically, sources said.

A first-time All-Star, Allen has joined Darius Garland and Evan Mobley in giving Cleveland a strong young nucleus. They have the Cavaliers on pace to make the playoffs for the first time in four years and first time without LeBron James in 24 years.

It’d be nice if Allen were available to help this team see its breakout season through to the postseason.

The center has formed a strong two-big defensive tandem with Mobley and has proved ultra-efficient as an offensive finisher. The Cavs are 4-8 without him this season.