On the surface, there seem to be some conflicting reports about whether Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen will play against the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals tonight.
While Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger would not commit to saying Allen would play, Allen himself has said he will play and the Warriors appear to assume that's the case.
Dave Joerger on if he has an update on Tony Allen's condition told reporters: "No."— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) May 15, 2015
But rather than confusing, that situation reads like a coach not wanting to give his opponent any advance advantage, a player who wants to play too badly to play along, and an opposing team that is too wise to walk into a game unprepared after looking like they were already caught off guard once in this series by the return of Mike Conley in Game 2.
So with Allen — the Grizzlies' emotional leader — playing and a Memphis crowd eager to help their team stay alive in the 2015 NBA Playoffs, tonight's game should be a fun one to watch.
You can bet that the Grizzlies are going to turn in an inspired performance tonight at FedExForum, not only to try to extend their season but also to give their fans one final positive memory for what has been a quietly outstanding season for them. The only question for the Warriors is whether they can come together as a unit in a hostile environment once again to put this one away -- a Game 7 is fun and all, but I'd rather see the Warriors just put this one away and move forward.
After avoiding a disaster, the Warriors look like every bit of the championship caliber squad we thought they were and are in complete control of this series with a 3-2 lead while coming into Game 6 with the comfort of knowing Game 7 will take place at Oracle. Yet while that's ample reason for confidence, it also serves as a reminder of how quickly things can shift at this stage in the season: nobody is going to just give up after coming this far and losses only seem to be more motivation to come back stronger the next day.
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Who: Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies
What: Game 6, second round, 2015 NBA Playoffs
When: 6:30 p.m. PST
Where: FedExForum — Memphis, Tennessee
How to watch:
- National: ESPN
Radio: KNBR 1050
Previous results: Game 1: Warriors 101, Grizzlies 86 | Game 2: Warriors 90, Grizzlies 97 | Game 3: Warriors 89, Grizzlies 99 | Game 4: Warriors 101, Grizzlies 84 | Game 5: Warriors 98, Grizzlies 78