Garrett Allen goes through a pre-game workout before the Cavaliers v the Nets, and enduring pain continues to be a concern

Brooklyn – Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star player Jarrett Allen continues to make progress in his recovery from a fractured left middle finger.

After a day in a solo practice in Orlando while the team was training, Allen tested his injured finger again before Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. For about 15 minutes, with a splint on for protection, Allen underwent a variety of exercises. Kobe Altman, head of basketball operations, watched from the baseline corner, and assistant Antonio Lang, who had been overseeing Allen’s development, stood in the tunnel, wanting to see what Allen could do.

He obviously prefers this finger to his non-shooting hand, and works primarily with one hand, using only the left intermittently for support, Allen’s simulation of face, tearing, post-shots and photo shoots. He took every shot with his right hand. The exercise ended with free throws.

According to a source who spoke to cleveland.com, the concern surrounding injury is enduring pain, especially when caught. Allen – and Cleveland – are still hoping for a return to the championship, if not Sunday’s regular season finale. However, it’s hard to see and it’s 100% when he comes back. Sources say that the fracture is located in the lower part of the finger.

The question might come down to this: How good is the less than 100 percent Allen, who is likely to be restrained when it comes to using his left hand, of the alternatives.

A first-time All-Star, Allen averages 16.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.3 blocks. The Cavs are only 8-16 without him in their lineup this season.

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