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Tony Allen might miss game 7 for Memphis Grizzlies


Oh how cruel the last 48 hours have been to the Memphis Grizzlies.

First they blew a chance to take their first round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder at home in game 6. Next they learned that point guard Mike Conley is dealing with a strained right hamstring, one that is severe enough that Conley said he would not play through it if this were the regular season. Then they lost star forward Zach Randolph for game 7 due to a suspension after he threw a punch during the blowout loss in game 6.

As if all of that were not enough, now the team might be without lock-down defender Tony Allen for game 7. Per Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:

Already dealing with an injured point guard and two suspended players, the Memphis Grizzlies may have to play Game 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder without top defender Tony Allen.

Allen left the Grizzlies’ morning shootaround Saturday early with a trainer while wearing wraparound black glasses. It appeared he may be suffering from a migraine.”

One of the key stories of this entertaining series has been Allen’s defense against Kevin Durant. In that sense you could almost argue that this loss would be just as important as any of the others for Memphis. If Durant goes off, not much else matters. The presumed MVP’s chances of doing just that will be enhanced greatly if Allen isn’t able to go for the Grizzlies.

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