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Tony Allen | Guard/Forward

Team: Memphis Grizzlies
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/11/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 213
College: Oklahoma State
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Tony Allen said that he believes he has another five years left in the NBA and that he can't even imagine leaving the Grizzlies.
"I can’t envision myself no place else," Allen said. "I got about five more years." The 33-year-old also said that he was bitter about losing to the Warriors in the playoffs because his hamstring really hampered his ability to play. He said that he was "hurt" when the Warriors started to guard him with Andrew Bogut, and he vowed to come back stronger next season. The defensive specialist isn't much of a factor in fantasy leagues, but he is worth a look for owners in need of steals after averaging 2.0 steals per game last season. Jul 19 - 9:57 AM

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Tony Allen will not return to Friday's game and Jeff Green started the second half.

This isn't a surprise because Allen could barely even make it through warmups. The Warriors are killing the Grizzlies in transition tonight, so getting a healthy body out there is very important.
May 15 - 11:02 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) will start against the Warriors on Friday night.

He is nowhere near 100 percent and coach Dave Joerger said Allen will give him all he can. He also was seen grabbing his hamstring in warmups, so Allen's minutes are likely going to be around 20 tonight. Jeff Green will move back to the bench and should still play a lot.
May 15 - 9:22 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) said he will "definitely" play in Game 6 against the Warriors on Friday.

Allen added that he doesn't know how effective he'll be able to be, and that he's only at around 60 percent healthy, but he believes he'll start. However, Dave Joerger said that Allen's injury is "pretty severe," and simply responded, "we'll see" when asked whether Allen would be in the starting lineup. Assuming The Grindfather plays and starts, his return to the lineup would push Jeff Green back to the bench, while Vince Carter could potentially lose some minutes. Allen isn't a great fantasy option, but he provides the Grizzlies with some energy and grit, and he'll do his best to harass Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the perimeter. It should be an exciting Game 6 in Memphis.
May 15 - 12:50 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 6, although he said he would play.

The Grizzlies are facing an elimination game on their home court, so it would be a bit shocking if Allen doesn't give it a go after saying he would play. It's unclear at this point if Allen would return to the starting lineup, or if he'd come off the bench, but it's worth noting that he only lasted for 16 minutes during Game 4. The Grizzlies will need the Grindfather's elite-level defense if they hope to swing the series back to Oakland for a Game 7.
May 14 - 6:53 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) said he'll play in Game 6 against the Warriors on Friday despite his injury.

Allen's presence was sorely missed in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to Golden State and the Grizzlies will have to hope that they get at least a relatively healthy Allen to limit Klay Thompson and Steph Curry on Friday. We'll keep an eye out for an official statement on Allen's status from the team, but all signs currently point to him suiting up on Friday.
May 14 - 12:43 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) will not play against the Warriors in Wednesday.

His left hamstring kept him to just 16 minutes in Game 4 and the Grizzlies are going to have to make some adjustments on Klay Thompson on defense. Jeff Green will get the starting nod while Vince Carter and Courtney Lee should play more, as well.
May 13 - 9:33 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) is still a game-time decision to play on Wednesday against the Warriors.

He's probably not going to start, so we might not get any word on Allen's status until the game tips. Even if he plays and comes off the bench, he'll likely be limited. Expect Jeff Green to start while Allen is on the doubtful side of this GTD. Vince Carter and Courtney Lee will play more.
May 13 - 9:06 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) is "more likely than not to miss Game 5," according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Stein adds that this could change "barring some sort of U-turn in the next few hours." Allen's left hamstring has been an issue since March and a few days off could go a long way. Jeff Green is likely going to get the start while Vince Carter and Courtney Lee would play more as well.
May 13 - 5:15 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday against the Warriors.

"I think he's been more hurt than people realize," coach Dave Joerger said. Apparently, Allen's left hamstring strain from back on Mar. 27 never fully healed. The Grizzlies absolutely need the Grindfather for a massive Game 5. He was playing minutes in the mid 30s before Monday and he'll likely be limited tonight. Expect Jeff Green, Vince Carter and Courtney Lee to get more run.
May 13 - 2:33 PM

Tony Allen is listed as questionable for Game 5 on Wednesday due to a sore left hamstring.

It would be shocking to see Allen sit out, as his toughness is well known, though Memphis will be in trouble if he's even limited by the injury. Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Jeff Green are the most likely players to step into bigger roles if Allen can't suit up. We'll pass along updates after the Grizzlies' shootaround on Wednesday.
May 12 - 8:12 PM

Tony Allen played just 16 minutes in Monday's Game 4 loss, finishing with four points on 2-of-9 shooting, five boards, one steal and one block.

Allen was rendered useless when Andrew Bogut was moved onto him defensively, and his counter to when teams sag off him is to creatively cut to the hoop. If the Grizzlies don't think outside the box with their personnel to combat this, then look for them to find ways to make Bogut pay for essentially playing a zone defense -- and lots of cuts to the hoop by Allen.
May 12 - 12:41 AM

Tony Allen's impressive defense was on display again in the Grizzlies' Game 3 win over the Warriors, finishing with eight points, five boards, two assists, four steals and one block in 33 minutes.

He is now averaging 3.7 steals per game in this series, and his defense is giving the Warriors all sorts of problems. Allen is also doing a solid job contributing on the offensive end, averaging 10.7 points per game on 53.8 percent shooting from the field. In case it's not obvious, the Grindfather shows no mercy during the playoffs.
May 9 - 11:21 PM

Tony Allen racked up four steals during Tuesday's impressive win at Golden State, adding nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

Few things in the NBA are better than the Grindfather in playoffs-mode. Throughout the game, Allen followed up key defensive plays by turning to the TNT announcers and yelling, "First-Team All Defense!" It's hard to argue after tonight's display and Allen has even picked up the pace offensively in the second round, averaging 12.0 points on 55.6 percent shooting in two games vs. the Warriors. When asked if he'd prefer to defend Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Allen replied, "It really don't matter. I'm paid to be a defender, and I'm ready to defend."
May 6 - 1:52 AM

Tony Allen drew the ire of Warriors fans by accidentally interrupting a children's dance group during Sunday's Game 1 defeat, which he finished with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and zero turnovers.

Allen was terrific, shooting 6-of-11 from the field in 38 high-energy minutes, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 15-point road loss. Golden State's fans booed Allen for the rest of the game after he meandered onto the court in the middle of the kids' dance routine during a timeout, a moment Draymond Green described as "hilarious." The Grizzlies won't be laughing after the convincing defeat.
May 3 - 7:50 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Mike Conley
2Beno Udrih
3Andrew Harrison
4Russ Smith
SG1Courtney Lee
2Matt Barnes
3Vince Carter
4Jordan Adams
SF1Tony Allen
2Jeff Green
PF1Zach Randolph
2Jarnell Stokes
3JaMychal Green
4Jarell Martin
C1Marc Gasol
2Brandan Wright
3Michael Holyfield