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Tony Allen Suspended One Game for Kicking Chris Paul


Harry How

That is Tony Allen's reaction (and most likely ours) to the news that the NBA has suspended him one game for kicking Clippers guard Chris Paul in the face last night. Here is the press release via the NBA.

Nov. 19, 2013 – Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has been suspended one game without pay for kicking Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers in the face, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

The incident, for which Allen was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected, occurred with 1:51 remaining in the first quarter of the Grizzlies’ 106-102 win over the Clippers on Monday, Nov. 18, at Staples Center.

Allen will serve his suspension on Wednesday, Nov. 20 when the Grizzlies play the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

Here is the play if you missed it last night:

Considering Tony Allen's reputation as a player, it's safe to say the kick wasn't delivered with ill intent. The NBA did the right thing by ejecting Allen and suspending was along those same lines, but it sucks seeing a player such as TA have to deal with an issue such as this. He apologized to Paul after the kick was committed and sent out a tweet doing the same after the Grizzlies defeated the Clippers.

As the release said, Allen will miss Wednesday's matchup against the Golden State Warriors. The Griz will miss what Allen brings them as a team, but the news of Stephen Curry being out due to a mild concussion softens the blow. Quincy Pondexter will likely take his place in the starting lineup.