Grizzlies’ Tony Allen will miss game 5 of Western Conference semifinals against Warriors

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.


Grizzlies’ Tony Allen ‘more hurt than people realize’ in playoff series against Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO – Memphis guard Tony Allen has a sore left hamstring and is a game-time decision for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday, according to coach Dave Joerger.

“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.”

The Warriors over four games in the series have shot 9 for 29 from the field when guarded by Allen, who is assigned to Klay Thompson and has averaged three steals per game. Allen missed the Grizzlies’ last nine games of the regular season due to a left hamstring strain.

“We don’t want to talk about that too much, man, give away too much, man,” Allen said of the injury on 92.9FM ESPN last week after the Grizzlies’ win in Game 2.


Warriors’ Andrew Bogut undergoes X-rays on ribs and gets good news

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Warriors center Andrew Bogut underwent X rays on his ribs that were negative, according to the team after its 101-84 win against Memphis in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Bogut, who played 30 minutes, had suffered a rib fracture late last season that caused him to miss the playoffs. The Warriors couldn’t afford to lose him after Marreese Speights got injured in Game 3 and could be out for the rest of the series.

Speights wore an air cast over his calf and said he didn’t know if he would be able to return in the series. He said he felt a pop in his leg after scoring on a layup and that when he came back down he wasn’t able to put weight on it.

“What happened, I ain’t ever experienced this kind of injury before,” Speights said.

“It kind of felt weird, so I just go day by day. I can’t really look forward.”


Warriors’ Stephen Curry encouraged to ‘relax’ at Blues City Cafe after playoff losses to Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Stephen Curry after back-to-back playoff losses and disappointing performances dined at a Beale Street institution after the Warriors’ loss in Game 3 to the Grizzlies.

Curry is 4 for 21 from 3-point range since being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player last week and was encouraged to go to Blues City Cafe after the 99-89 loss so he could “relax.”

“Come meet us here, and just relax,” Green said Sunday. “Everybody’s up in flames. Everybody wants to panic. Just come, sit, have dinner and relax. And it was good. We had a good time.”

Curry appeared in selfies taken from inside the restaurant, and Green said people outside were taking pictures through the windows.

Green said he had texted Curry and learned that he was doing nothing but sitting in his hotel room.

“Steph usually stays in the room, but me and (David Lee) were over there, and Festus (Ezeli) was over there getting some food,” Green said. “I just told him, ‘Yo, just come over here and relax, sit back, eat, talk, just kick back.’ It was cool.”


Warriors’ Marreese Speights could miss rest of Grizzlies series due to calf strain

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Warriors’ Marreese Speights will miss Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against Memphis and could miss the rest of the series due to a right calf strain.

An MRI exam revealed that the strain was moderate, but he isn’t scheduled to be reevaluated until one week has passed, according to the Warriors.

Speights, a reserve forward, suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 99-89 loss in Game 3.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Sunday that forward David Lee would “probably” play more after he did not appear in Game 3. He averaged 4.5 minutes in the first two games of the series.


Steve Kerr once was asked by rookie teammate Zach Randolph: ‘How much time do we get off for Christmas?’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Warriors coach Steve Kerr recalled sitting on the plane with one-time Portland teammate Zach Randolph when the rookie had a question.

“How much time do we get off for Christmas?” Kerr said the Grizzlies forward once asked. “He didn’t know. He was just the sweetest, nicest kid.  He had no clue. He was so talented, and he was a joy to play with as you see now.

“What makes me really happy is just to see what he’s done in his career and the maturity. The fact that he’s gone from this kid who knew nothing about the league to being a leader not only on his team, but somebody who’s really important in the community here in Memphis, he’s really matured and grown into really a good man and a hell of a player.”

Kerr in 2012 used the Christmas anecdote while writing in Grantland to make the case for the NBA raising its age limit to 20. Randolph was 20 in his rookie season, and Kerr wrote that he was “visibly shocked and saddened” after learning the schedule didn’t include a break to go home for Christmas.

“He was literally a baby,” Kerr said Saturday. “He was just a kid. He had no idea what the NBA was about.

“Zach’s questions were fantastic.”

His career was marred by run-ins with the law, but Randolph emerged in Memphis as one of the Grizzlies’ top players as a rugged, versatile presence. He fondly recalled how Kerr, then playing in his 14th NBA season, tried to help the maturity process.

“I used to sit next to Steve on the plane and ask him all kind of questions about him and (Michael) Jordan,” Randolph said.

“Steve was always great, a great person, man. He was just a great leader and mentor type of guy even when I was a rookie…I was amazed, you know? Steve Kerr, Scottie Pippen, like I’m on a team with these guys?”