OAKLAND – Memphis guard Tony Allen will not play in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Warriors on Wednesday due to a sore left hamstring.
“It’s been an ongoing thing for him since the end of the season,” Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. “It’s not going to get healed and healthy until the offseason.
“It definitely has an impact on Klay Thompson and who we have chasing him around.”
Allen tweaked the hamstring in Game 3 of the series after missing the Grizzlies’ last nine games of the regular season due to a left hamstring strain, according to Joerger. That stretch of games included a loss to the Warriors on April 13 when Thompson scored 37 in the first half on his way to a 42-point performance.
Jorger noted that Thompson hasn’t had a huge game in the series thanks to Allen. The Warriors over four games in the series have shot 9 for 29 from the field when guarded by Allen, who has averaged three steals per game.
For the Warriors, Marreese Speights (right calf strain) was ruled out from returning to action in the series by coach Steve Kerr.