The Cleveland Cavaliers are facing a challenging period as Jarrett Allen sustains a bone bruise in his left ankle during a recent practice with the team.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to begin their preseason games today, on October 10th, as they go up against the Atlanta Hawks. However, the 25-year-old center is now likely to miss the entire slate of preseason games, which commences today, Tuesday, and concludes on October 20th leaving the Cavs to a rough pre season debut. J.B. Bickerstaff confirmed that the bone bruise developed gradually, leading to the decision to sideline Allen, allowing him to recover before the regular season.
While Jarrett Allen is sidelined, this situation poses a significant challenge for the team. Nevertheless, J.B. Bickerstaff has reassured fans that the team will explore more small ball lineups with Evan Mobley playing at the center position. With emerging star Evan Mobley in the frontcourt and the addition of new big man Damian Jones, the Cavaliers have options. Mobley will primarily play power forward in larger lineups, but they will also experiment with smaller lineups, featuring Mobley at center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are scheduled to kick off their 2023-24 NBA regular season on October 25th in Brooklyn. Although having Allen during the preseason would have been beneficial, improving their overall depth is crucial. Allen is expected to make his comeback at the season opener. If he can maintain his conditioning and recover as anticipated, he should make a significant contribution during the early season.
Following a successful 51-win season and their first playoff appearance since 2018, the Cavaliers are considered an up-and-coming team that could contend for an NBA title this season. Given Allen’s consistent performance last season, his second full season with the Cavaliers, where he played 68 regular games, averaged 14.3 points, and led the team with 9.8 rebounds while logging over 32 minutes per contest, the Cavaliers undoubtedly rely on his contribution to remain in the championship race. His return to the line-up is expected to pump new life into Cleveland basketball.