Cavs get forward Dean Wade again against Celtics; Jared Allen is still out with a rib injury

Dean Wade has been sidelined since March 8 with a strained right knee.

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Cleveland (AP) – Cavaliers forward Dean Wade will make his playoff debut Saturday night against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 after being sidelined for the past two months with right knee pain.

Wade hasn’t played since March 8, three days later He scored a career-best 23 points – 20 in the fourth quarter – fueled a comeback win over the Celtics.

While Wade gives Cleveland some depth, The The Cavs are without starting center Jared Allen. He missed his sixth straight game with badly bruised ribs.

Allen suffered the injury during the Cavs’ opening-round series against Orlando and missed the final three games, including Game 7. As forward Evan Mobley moved on, he sat out the first two games against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The Cavs hoped the 6-foot-11 Allen, who played at an All-Star level for much of this season and was dominant against the Magic, would now return. But his ribs were still sore and he wasn’t ready.

What is a Wade Return: Wade, 27, coach J.P. The Celtics worry about more depth for Bickerstaff and another shooter.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged just 5.4 points in 54 games this season, but had his best game against the Celtics when they last visited Rockets Mortgage Fieldhouse.

Wade made six 3-pointers — five in the fourth — and stunned the Celtics as the Cavs rallied from a 22-point deficit in the fourth.

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