If the rest this week allows Allen’s knee to settle, the team hopes constant treatment and a managed training program will allow her to play through the post-season.

“The choice I was given was push her how and the worse it will be come finals, or provide a mini-break now and the possibility of it responding strongly for finals is high. It was a pretty easy choice,” Molloy said.

“Our position in the finals is assured and we want to be at full strength … even if the trade off is missing out on the top two.”

Untimely injuries have rocked the league’s top three teams with Canberra waiting news about two-time WNBL grand final MVP Kelsey Griffin following an ankle injury in mid-December while Southside Flyers have lost captain Jenna O’Hea to a season-ending broken wrist.

Molloy described the situation as “sad” considering how important Griffin, Allen and O’Hea are to their teams. It will also put more focus on each side’s bench as they look to cover for their stars.

Despite missing Allen against Southside on Sunday, the team were in position to win in the final minutes before a missed call and two missed free throws let the Flyers force overtime and take the win.

The Boomers had 20-year-old Monique Conti and New Zealander Stella Beck fill in for Allen at point guard and will do so again this round.

In some welcome relief, starting guard Maddie Garrick was cleared of concussion after receiving a blow under her eye last game.

While the odds will be against the Boomers, Molloy said his side took confidence from how they played without Allen last round and will carry that into Canberra.

“The team was very, very disappointed that they didn’t put that game away on Sunday but at the same time we got a bunch of confidence that even being our All-Star down, we still have a good team that plays well together.” Molloy said.

“We are definitely wanting to move forward together for however many regular season games we are without LA [Allen].”

The Boomers face Canberra Capitals at the National Convention Centre on Friday at 7pm before meeting Sydney University Flames at Brydens Stadium on Saturday at 5pm AEDT.

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