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Cavaliers Adjust Lineup for Game 6 as Jarrett Allen Sits Out with Injury

In a crucial Game 6 against the Orlando Magic, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Jarrett Allen due to a rib injury. Allen, pivotal to the Cavaliers’ defense and offense, missed Game 5 and continues to struggle with pain from a bruised rib sustained earlier in the series.

Allen initially injured his rib in the first game of the series after taking an elbow and aggravated it in Game 4 following another collision. Despite efforts to prepare for Friday’s game, including participating in the morning shootaround, Allen found the pain too restricting to play effectively, particularly impacting his ability to lift his arm.

Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff emphasized the importance of prioritizing Allen’s health, noting the impact of core injuries on a player’s ability to perform. “It’s about his safety, always,” Bickerstaff said. “Injuries to the core can severely limit a player’s mobility and effectiveness, especially in the intense environment of playoff basketball.”

In Allen’s absence, the Cavaliers will adjust their starting lineup. Marcus Morris Sr. will step in, and Evan Mobley will shift to the center position, a role he has adapted to in previous games. This strategic change aims to maintain the team’s competitive edge as they seek to close out the series and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston.

Allen’s absence is significant; he has been a consistent force for the Cavaliers, appearing in 81 consecutive games before this injury. During this playoff series, he has averaged 17.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game, highlighting his critical role on the team.

The Cavaliers face a pivotal game in Orlando, with potential implications for their playoff trajectory. A win would send them to Boston for the next round, while a loss would force a decisive Game 7 back in Cleveland.

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