Lavoy Allen has been dealing with injuries all season. He has been out for the last four games with a strained right calf. To make matters worse, his knee injury he suffered during the preseason is coming back.
Allen experienced discomfort during sprints before Wednesday night’s win against the Charlotte Bobcats. The injury has been recurring throughout the season causing him to miss a decent amount of games.
The backup power forward-center will travel with the Philadelphia 76ers to Chicago where he is expected to return during Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls. Allen has been working out and practicing with the team, so he’ll be ready for his return.
“Hopefully tomorrow I will be ready to go. The calf is fine,” Allen hinted to Philly.com about his planned return.
This season has been up and down for Allen, who is in the final year of his two-year contract. He is averaging more rebounds than points. He averages 5.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and .46 blocks per game.
Sixers coach Brett Brown’s system allows Allen to create more outside shots. His shooting has gone up. He’s shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 28.6 percent behind the arc.
Allen has been the Sixers best post player off the bench. Though Allen has been a liability on defense, his size makes him a useful rebounder. He’s also one of the Sixers’ best offensive rebounders. They’re ninth in the NBA in rebounding averaging 45 per game, and Allen has had a positive impact there.
Without Allen, the Sixers are relying on power forward Brandon Davies and recently signed center Dewayne Dedmon to take Allen’s place on the bench until he returns, so they could definitely use a healthy Allen back on the floor.