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Update: Grizzlies’ Tony Allen (eye) will play in Game 7 against Thunder

May 3, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

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UPDATE 6:33 p.m.: Tony Allen will play in Game 7, Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger told reporters about 90 minutes before tip-off. While a migraine was originally believed to be the issue, an eye injury is what caused him to miss shootaround, according to a report from the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

2:48 p.m.: The Grizzlies are already in trouble, facing a Game 7 on the road against the Thunder without Zach Randolph, who was suspended for the deciding game of the series after landing a punch to the face of Steven Adams late in Game 6.

There’s also starting point guard Mike Conley, who couldn’t play after tweaking his hamstring in Game 6. While he’s expected to give it a go in Game 7, he will not be 100 percent.

Now comes word that the team’s best defender may be sidelined, as well.

From Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:

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.

Allen is the Grizzlies’ primary defender on Kevin Durant, and the central reason why the Thunder star is shooting just 41 percent in the series.

Memphis coach Dave Joerger would not comment on Allen’s issue or status, and when asked if he could play in the deciding game, he responded “possibly.”

Allen is the only chance the Grizzlies have to slow Kevin Durant, who had been inconsistent (but not unreliable) through the first five games of the series.

Durant went off for 36 points in Game 6 to avoid elimination, however, and if Allen should be unable to go (or is even severely hindered by what ails him), it could be another long night for the Memphis defense.

It would also be a disappointing way for the Grizzlies to end this playoff series, when they had more than a solid chance to pull off the upset and surprise some people by advancing to the second round.

  1. sportsfan18 - May 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Let’s see…

    No Zach Randolph…

    No Tony Allen (KD is now happy)

    Mike Conley slowed with a leg injury…

    Either the Thunder CRUSH them or the Gizz somehow hang in there and win on a last second shot and shock the Thunder… and deny Scott Brooks entrance to the locker room after the loss…

  2. yesser12 - May 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    If he does not play. OKC really has to win, losing would be beyond embarrassing. OKC would take them lightly if it was regular season but they understand importance of playoffs.

  3. vongoladecimoo - May 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Huge loss if he can’t play. Have a feeling he’ll gut it out though.

  4. goldmember21 - May 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Grizz win it on a last second shot

  5. nickhollingsworth - May 3, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Reblogged this on Sportstalk and commented:
    If so, they’re most likely done!

  6. merrhod - May 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I think the NBA wants OKC to advance. How else can you explain the suspension of Zach and the non suspension of Paul George!! I like KD and so does the NBA higher ups. That’s the way I see it.

    • yesser12 - May 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      Can’t compare the two, Zach threw a punch. A bad punch but he still threw one while George was on the sideline and put one foot on the court. That is the stupidest rule. If anyone should have been suspended in the scuffle it should have been the people actually fighting not George.

  7. lucifershuttlesworth - May 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    The Grizzlies are Silver’s worst nightmare.The Calathes suspension wasn’t disruptive enough so at the last minute the league has panicked and suspended Zach. I hope Mike Miller, Ed Davis and Courtney Lee all have the game of their lives tonight. Screw you Silver.

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