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Grizzlies’ Tony Allen misses practice; doctor to look at knee

May 1, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

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Tony Allen is key to the Memphis Grizzlies against the Los Angeles Clippers — he spent little time guarding Chris Paul in Game 1, but you can bet as games go forward he will be a key part of their late-game defense (which had a few issues in Game 1, but not nearly as many their late game offense).

Allen missed practice Tuesday so he could go see a doctor about his knee, tweets Chris Herrington of the Memphis Flyer.

Lionel hollins just said that tony allen missed practice to have his knee looked at by a doctor. No word on availability for tomorrow.

We have no idea the severity here, but it bothers him enough for a doctor to be taking a look.

No Allen would hurt the Grizzlies depth, it would deprive them of a guy who has come up big in the playoffs before. Allen was not a standout in Game 1 (6 points) but was going to have to have some big games if the Grizzlies are to come back in this series.

We will update you when we know more.

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