Tony Allen
American professional basketball swingman
Tony Allen
Anthony 'Tony' Allen is an American professional basketball swingman with the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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Grizzlies, Missing 4 Starters, Stun Cavaliers 106-103
NYTimes - 12 months
Tony Allen scored a season-high 26 points and the Memphis Grizzlies, despite playing without four injured starters, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-103 on Monday night.
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Grizzlies' Allen out for Game 5 vs. Warriors
USA Today - almost 2 years
Grizzlies guard Tony Allen out for Game 5 at Warriors with left hamstring injury           
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Here's The Chess Match Between The Memphis Grizzlies And Stephen Curry
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
When you can't score in the NBA Playoffs, problems arise. And, when you can't score in the half-court, those problems pile up in a hurry. Four games into its second-round series with Golden State -- the most lethal offense in the league -- Memphis has shown two very different sides. In Game 1, a 101-86 loss, it wasn't able to generate enough quality looks to keep pace. In Game 2, with point guard Mike Conley in the lineup, crisp ball movement and dribble penetration led to a key road win over a team that went 39-2 at home this year. We saw more of the same in a Game 3 win. To be sure, Memphis has a defensive-oriented, physical mindset that wears down the opposition. During the regular season, the Grizzlies ranked second in points allowed and seventh in opponent field goal percentage. Against MVP Stephen Curry and company however, we've seen the good and the bad. With the series tied 2-2, let's take a look at how Memphis has defended Curry, whose Jekyll-and-Hyde play has been one ...
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Tony Allen's Defense On This Stephen Curry Shot Is Seriously Next Level
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Tony Allen of the the Memphis Grizzlies loves few things more than bothering the best offensive players in the NBA. And on Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors, he took that love to a level that was impressive even by Tony Allen’s standards. In Game 2 against the Warriors, a game his Grizzlies would eventually win, 97-90, Allen stuck his hand right in front of Stephen Curry’s face as he flew by the newly minted MVP, all without ever touching him or getting called for a foul. It actually looks quite mesmerizing on loop. Seriously, look how close he gets. Allen lives for these moments, and he loves backing up statements like “[Curry] ain't nothing I ain't never seen before” on the court. And he loves to remind people after a steal that, yes, he’s made the NBA’s “first team all defense” before. He deserves to gloat. Do you know another player in the league who is willing to literally throw themselves into a basketball for his team? Never chang ...
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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors: Preview and prediction
isports web - almost 2 years
Mike Conley looked like he had just stepped out of the ring after a fight with Floyd “Money” Mayweather as he watched his Memphis Grizzlies finish off the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Just four days after catching an elbow from CJ McCollum, Conley donned a puffy, almost swollen shut, eye as he watched his team power past Portland and into the Conference Semfinals. Mike Conley While four to six weeks is the expected period of recovery for his injury, Conley has not ruled out the possibility of partaking in the upcoming series with the Golden State Warriors. Memphis will keep its fingers crossed that this possibility becomes a probability. Conley has been a key cog in the Grizzlies’ success this year and will be absolutely vital to any success the Grizzlies hope to have against Golden State. While Memphis’ strength lies in the paint with the 1-2 punch of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, Golden State has owned the perimeter all year behind Steph Curry and Klay Thomson. ...
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Grizzlies Grind Out Two-Game Lead at Home
isports web - almost 2 years
The Memphis Grizzlies took an early two-game lead in their round one playoff series with a 15-point victory over the Portland Trailblazers Wednesday night. What’s incredible is that it wasn’t even that close. So far this season the Grizzlies are winners of six straight versus the Trailblazers, and have won 11 of the last 12 match-ups. Not only that, but they have been winning in convincing fashion. They led by as many as 29 in the game one and 18 in game two while pretty much silencing one of the better offensive teams in the NBA. The Grizzlies have long been heralded for their stout defense, however amid the lackluster stretch of games to end the season they lost some of their cred. Nonetheless, in the postseason they have shaken Portland to their core defensively, and reminded the rest of the league that they are indeed a title threat when fully healthy. Marc Gasol controls the ball against a defender LaMarcus Aldridge perhaps emerges as the only positive thing from Portlan ...
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Grizzlies guard Allen gets one-game ban for kick
Yahoo News - over 3 years
New York City (AFP) - Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Tuesday for kicking Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers in the face during a game.
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Conley's 22 points lead Memphis to 111-108 OT win over Pistons
Fox News - over 3 years
Mike Conley scored 22 points, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added 16 each and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons 111-108 in overtime Friday night.
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Spotlighting and Breaking Down Memphis Grizzlies' Point Guard Position
Bleacher Report - over 3 years
Mike Conley enters the defining season of his Memphis Grizzlies career with plenty of help behind him at the point guard position. Each Grizzlies reserve has tangible talents. Jerryd Bayless acts as Conley's sidekick. Nick Calathes will be Memphis' version of a pure point guard. Josh Akognon can pop shots. This gives Dave Joerger greater depth than last season, when Bayless was looking to show himself after an injury-riddled year and Tony Wroten was far from ready. Here's a breakdown of each Grizz point man and the expectations that await him.   Mike Conley Conley turns 26 in a couple of weeks and has yet to lock into the type of player he'll be for the rest of his career. After having barely improved as a passer in his first three seasons, Conley made long strides in the past three years. Under Lionel Hollins, he improved greatly on defense. For five-and-a-half years, he was thought of as a caretaker who took a limited number of shots as a No. 4 option. After the Rudy ...
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Grizzlies re-sign Allen to multi-year deal
Fox News - over 3 years
The Memphis Grizzlies re-signed guard Tony Allen to a multi-year contract on Monday.Allen has become an integral part in the Grizzlies' success since joining the club prior to the 2010-11 campaign
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Tony Allen returns to Memphis Grizzlies
USA Today - over 3 years
Allen agrees to a four-year deal to stay in Memphis
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Spurs A Win Away From Finals
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tim Duncan scored the first five points of overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-93 Saturday night and move a win away from the NBA Finals. The Spurs grabbed a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals and now have won five straight this postseason. With the memory of blowing a 2-0 lead a year ago in the West finals to Oklahoma City, when they lost the next four, the Spurs shook off their sloppy play early and pushed the young Grizzlies to the edge of elimination in the first West final played in Memphis. San Antonio, which didn't lead this game until the opening minute of the fourth quarter, can wrap up the series Monday in Memphis and get back to the finals for the first time since their last title in 2007. The Spurs hit eight of their 10 shots in overtime, with Duncan scoring seven of his 24 points. Tony Parker had five of his 26 in overtime, and even Tiago Splitter, playing w ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Allen
  • 2016
    Age 34
    On March 22, 2016, Allen scored 27 points on 12-12 shooting, the most shots made without a miss that season, in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
    More Details Hide Details Allen was born to Ella Allen, and he has two sisters, Ebony and Dominique, and a brother, Ryan, who played college basketball for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His Celtics teammates called him "Gucci". With the Grizzlies, he earned the nickname "Grindfather".
  • 2013
    Age 31
    On July 15, 2013, Allen re-signed with the Grizzlies to a multi-year deal.
    More Details Hide Details The Grizzlies had a season of ups-and-downs as the new coach Dave Joerger, who was appointed in June 2013, had to deal with numerous player injuries. Eventually, the Grizzlies went on to finish the season with 50 wins, which was good for seed number 7 in the West. They lost in the first round to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a seven-game, highly competitive series (four matches ended in overtime). Allen was a huge part of the gritty Grizzlies team, as he received huge credit for drastically limiting Kevin Durant's productivity thereby making the series more even.
  • 2012
    Age 30
    In the 2012–13 season, Allen received 53 points to make the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second time in a row.
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  • 2011
    Age 29
    In the 2011–12 NBA GM survey, Allen was ranked the "Best Perimeter Defender".
    More Details Hide Details He was the Grizzlies' starting shooting guard, averaging 9.8 ppg, 4. rpg, 1.8 spg, 1.4 apg in 26.3 mpg. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the first time in his career. The Grizzlies finished 41-25 and clinched the fourth seed in the Western Conference and made the playoffs for the second year in a row. However, the Grizzlies were defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers in a full seven game series in the opening round of the playoffs.
    He was named to the 2011 NBA All-Defensive 2nd Team for his efforts that season after averaging 1.79 steals per game, good for 5th in the NBA, mostly off the bench.
    More Details Hide Details He led the league in steals-per-48-minutes at 4.14, more than one steal higher than second-placed Chris Paul. Due to the 2011 NBA lockout, the 2011–12 NBA season was reduced from its normal 82 games to 66 games.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    In July 2010, Allen signed a three-year, $9.7 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
    More Details Hide Details He later reflected on his final seasons in Boston by saying that he felt he was 'overshadowed', in particular, by veterans Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. On February 8, Allen was inserted into the starting lineup in a game against Oklahoma City, in place of an injured Rudy Gay and suspended O.J. Mayo. Allen produced 27 points, five steals and three blocks while spending most of the contest guarding Kevin Durant. In a postgame interview, he coined the phrase "Grit. Grind." that became part of Memphis' team identity going forward.
  • 2008
    Age 26
    On July 23, 2008, Allen re-signed with the Celtics on a 2-year, $5 million contract.
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  • 2007
    Age 25
    On April 24, 2007, Allen was found not guilty by a Chicago court.
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    On January 10, 2007, in a Celtics loss to the Indiana Pacers, Allen suffered a debilitating knee injury as he landed awkwardly following an uncontested slam dunk attempt, tearing both the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL).
    More Details Hide Details Allen underwent a successful ACL reconstructive surgery on January 13 at New England Baptist Hospital and was sidelined for the rest of the season. He was averaging 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.48 steals in 33 games. He made a quick return to the court for his type of knee injury only nine months later during the following preseason, even though not at full strength. However, the explosiveness he displayed prior to the injury has since been noted as "sorely lacking".
  • 2005
    Age 23
    Due to this incident and a severe right knee injury that Allen had suffered prior to the shooting, Allen missed much of the first half of the 2005–06 season.
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    During the 2005 off-season, Allen was charged with aggravated battery stemming from an altercation that escalated into the non-fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man outside a restaurant in Chicago in August 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Although he was not a suspect in the shooting, Allen was accused of breaking another man's left eye socket. He spent two nights in jail, but was not implicated in the shooting.
  • 2004
    Age 22
    In his rookie season in 2004–05 he averaged 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, and ranked 3rd in the league in steals per 48 minutes, with 2.89.
    More Details Hide Details He was selected to play for the rookies in the Rookie Challenge during All-Star Weekend, along with fellow Celtic Al Jefferson.
    Allen was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 25th overall pick of the 2004 NBA draft.
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  • 1982
    Age 0
    Born on January 11, 1982.
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