Cavaliers injuries vs. Hawks: Jarrett Allen ’50-50′ for qualifying game, per report; John Collins absent

The final game of the 2022 Eastern Conference play-in tournament has been set. On Friday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Atlanta Hawks in a win-win battle for the right to be the No. 8 seed and face the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.

It should be an interesting game between a Cavaliers team that got off to a bright start but faded over time, and a Hawks team that did the opposite this season. Unfortunately, as is so often the case at this time of year, injuries will play a big part in advancing.

Here’s a quick update on the injury situation for Friday night:

Jarrett Allen (broken finger): ’50-50′ to play, report says

Allen, who made his first All-Star Game earlier this season, broke his finger against the Toronto Raptors on March 6 and hasn’t played since. Without him, the team limped to a 7-11 finish and a berth in the play-in tournament. He didn’t play in the team’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week in Game 1 of the play-ins, but he’s moving in the right direction.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Allen is “50-50” to play against the Hawks, although his final status won’t be determined until closer to game time. If Allen can return, even in a limited capacity, that would be a huge boost for the Cavs. They were 33-19 when both Allen and Evan Mobley were healthy in the regular season, and 11-15 when at least one of them was out.

John Collins (sprained fingers and feet): Out

As for the Hawks, they will be officially without one of their key players on the front line. The team announced Thursday that forward John Collins will remain sidelined with sprained fingers and feet. He has only played four games since mid-February.

Although the Hawks played great basketball without Collins, they obviously would love to see him again because he’s a big part of what they do on both sides of the ball. He’s progressed to four-on-four practices and could make a comeback later in the playoffs if the Hawks are able to make it through the play-in and into a proper series.

Bogdanovic is officially listed as doubtful after being added to the injury report with a sprained ankle, but it’s hard to imagine him sitting still. He played 25 minutes in the Hawks’ win over the Charlotte Hornets in the first playoff, finishing with 13 points off the bench.

It’s something to watch if he looks less than 100%, but he should be there.

Lou Williams (lower back pain): Out

The veteran shooter has been struggling with a lingering back injury for a few weeks and will be sidelined for the game against the Cavaliers. He’s playing fairly limited minutes at this stage of his career, but he’s a confident and experienced goalscorer who’s nice to have as an option on the bench.

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