Tony Allen SG/SF MEM 6 days ago

Allen came off the bench in Tuesday's preseason opener against the Rockets, while Jeff Green served as the starter at small forward.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Allen finished with five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and two rebounds in his 11 minutes. The veteran guard has previously chafed at the notion of coming off the bench, but with coach Dave Joerger perhaps intent on adding a jolt of offense to his starting unit this season, Green may be afforded the greater minutes load of the two players. Rather than a clear first/second unit distinction between the two players, Joerger may ultimately swap Allen and Green in and out of the starting lineup. Allen still brings all-world perimeter defense to the table, so it could be advantageous for Joerger to run him with the starters when opponents roll out small-ball lineups.

Tony Allen SG/SF MEM 5 months ago

Allen averaged 8.6 points (49.5 FG, 34.5 3Pt, 62.7 FT), 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks in 26 minutes per game during 63 regular season contests in 2014-15.

This is the third time Allen has earned first team all-defensive honors in his career. He has established himself as one of the league's top perimeter defenders, producing essentially the same stats off the bench as a starter. However, having gone 10-29 from beyond the arc in the regular season his three-point percentage is definitely deceiving. In the postseason Allen averaged 6.6 points (49.1 FG, 14.3 3Pt, 75.0 FT), 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.1 blocks in 28 minutes per game. The 33-year-old stopper is under contract with the Grizzlies through the 2016-17 season.

Tony Allen SG/SF MEM 5 months ago

Allen (Hamstring) will not return to the second half of Friday's Game 6 against the Warriors, according to the ESPN telecast.

Allen scored just two points in five minutes in the first half, and it is clear the hamstring injury is still an issue. Jeff Green started the second half and will likely see big minutes at the small forward position as Memphis fights for their playoff lives.

Tony Allen SG/SF MEM 5 months ago

Allen will play and start in Friday's Game 6, Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

While it has been made clear that Allen is not 100 percent healthy, he will be put into the starting lineup for Game 6 after sitting out the blowout loss in Game 5 on Wednesday. This moves Jeff Green back to a bench role, and even though he is starting, it is possible Allen's minutes are still somewhat limited given that he is not fully healthy.

Tony Allen SG/SF MEM 5 months ago

Allen (hamstring) told reporters Friday morning that he will play in Game 6, despite being only "60 percent" healthy, Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

While it sounds as though Allen won't be close to full health, he'll return to action after sitting out Wednesday's Game 5 blowout loss. With the Grizzlies facing elimination, Allen said he expects to start, though it's unclear if coach Joerger will stick with Jeff Green, who was inserted into the Game 5 startling lineup in hopes of jumpstarting the offense.

Tony Allen SG/SF MEM 5 months ago

Allen (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Game 6 on Friday, Michael Wallace of ESPN reports.

Even though Allen said on Thursday that he plans to play in a crucial Game 6, he is still listed as questionable heading into the must-win matchup with the Warriors. Seeing as though Allen sat out the 20-point loss in Game 5, it would take a lot of discomfort to keep him out of Game 6, especially with the Grizzlies facing elimination.

Tony Allen SG/SF MEM 5 months ago

Allen (hamstring) plans to play during Game 6 on Friday despite dealing with a hamstring injury, Yahoo's Marc J. Spears reports.

Allen had to sit out Wednesday's matchup against the Warriors, leading to a brutal 20-point loss, so it's great news for Memphis. He knows the Grizzlies need him in order to slow down the Warriors' superior offense, so it's not a surprise he plans to return, especially with their playoff lives on the line. Jeff Green was in the starting lineup Wednesday and it's still questionable whether or not Allen will jump back into the starting lineup. The Grizzlies were considering putting Green with the starters even before Allen went down with the injury in order to generate some much needed offense, so we'll have to wait and see who coach Dave Joerger plans to use come Friday.

Tony Allen SG/SF MEM 5 months ago

Allen (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup with the Warriors, Grizzlies' sideline reporter Rob Fischer reports.

Allen did everything he could to convince the coaching staff he could play, but he'll sit this one out in an attempt to get as healthy as possible for game six on Friday. Consider him day-to-day moving forward. With Allen set to be inactive, expect Jeff Green to be in the starting lineup.

Tony Allen SG/SF MEM 5 months ago

Allen (hamstring) is in danger of missing Wednesday's Game 5 against Golden State, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.

Allen has been considered questionable with a hamstring issue, and coach Dave Joerger hinted earlier Wednesday afternoon that Allen is "more hurt than people realize." Stein is reporting that barring a serious turnaround, Allen will likely be held out, leaving Memphis without its best perimeter defender.

Tony Allen SG/SF MEM 5 months ago

Allen (hamstring) is considered a game-time call for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Warriors, Michael Wallace of ESPN reports.

Allen is battling a hamstring injury, which was likely part of the reason he played only 16 minutes in Game 4 on Monday. Given his reputation as one of the NBA's toughest players, it's difficult to imagine him sitting out, but coach Dave Joerger indicated that the injury is fairly serious. "I think he's been more hurt than people realize," Joerger said. Allen is the Grizzlies' best perimeter defender and played a major role in Memphis taking Games 2 and 3, so if he's ultimately held out it would be a major blow with the series knotted a two games apiece.