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Update: Tony Allen out against Orlando Magic with a sprained left ankle

The Grindfather could sit tonight while nursing injury.

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The Great Debate over Tony Allen's place as a starter for the Memphis Grizzlies, as opined upon by Kevin Lipe and Beyond the Arc this morning, might have to be placed on the back burner of Grizzlies conundrums this evening.

If this was Game 7 of the WCF with a matchup on Kevin Durant, I bet TA makes it onto the court. But these are the Magic, a team who has gone on to lose four more consecutive games (the last three against the Knicks, Pistons, and Pacers) since the Grizzlies spanked them on their home court ten days ago.

And there are other things the Grizzlies need to figure out right now besides "can Tony Allen GNG through a mild injury".Dave Joerger has made it known that integrating Jeff Green into the Grizzlies' flow is a major priority at the moment, probably #3 right behind winning games and keeping Marc Gasol healthy. If Tony Allen sits out tonight there is a 99.9% chance that Green will suit up beside his buddy Courtney Lee on the wing, a pairing that has looked comfortable for Uncle Jeff since he was brought to Memphis two weeks ago.

Orlando was one of the first stops for the newly Green'd Memphis Grizzlies, and if the 21 points that Jeff erupted for that night are any indication, the home crowd in FedexForum should see a few more fireworks tonight.


Tony Allen has been officially ruled out for tonight's game. Jordan Adams was recalled from the Iowa Energy to give Memphis another wing player.

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