Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies is known as one of the more tenacious wing defenders in NBA circles. Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, he took that a little too far when in an attempt to stop Clippers guard Chris Paul was coming to the hoop and Allen ended up kicking Paul in the face with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter. Allen was called for a flagrant two foul and immediately ejected from the game. The league has announced that he will be suspended for one game without pay.
Allen will sit out Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. The Grizzlies find themselves at 6-5, currently fourth in the Southwest Division. The Warriors will be without guard Steph Curry, who will miss the game due to a mild concussion, which he suffered in a game against the Utah Jazz on Monday. Not having Curry will make it difficult for the Warriors to extend their 4-game winning streak as they take on the Grizzlies.
Allen would have been nice to have to defend either Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes or Andre Iguodala depending on the situation. He will be eligible to return when the Grizzlies host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday; a game which will be on ESPN.