Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen is a game-time decision for Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night because of a sore left hamstring, according to Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News.
Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger gave an update on Allen’s condition:
“If he wants to be out there, he’ll be ready to get out there,” Joerger said. “He’s been more hurt than I think people realize. He’s given us everything he’s got. The reason we’re tied in this series and the reason we have two wins is because of what he’s been doing just wreaking havoc defensively. It’s amazing. Without him, it would be very difficult.”
This isn’t a new injury for Allen, who missed the last nine games of the regular season with a strained left hamstring. Allen has battled through it in the playoffs, and his defense has been huge for Memphis. Allen has done a great job harassing Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, which has helped the Grizzlies grab two games in this series thus far.
However, Allen’s offense (and possibly his injury) rendered him ineffectual in Game 4 when Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stuck Andrew Bogut on Allen so Bogut could just roam the paint and not worry about Allen’s perimeter game. If Allen plays, we’ll likely see that matchup again, and Joerger will have to make an adjustment.