OAKLAND, Calif. – Tony Allen sat helplessly while watching his struggling teammates on Wednesday night. A hamstring injury that has lingered more than a week forced Allen to stay on the sideline as his Memphis Grizzlies lost 98-78 to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal.
When the series resumes for Game 6 on Friday, the Grizzlies' season will hang in the balance. Allen, regardless of whatever pain he's feeling, has vowed he'll be back on the court.
"Looking at how we lost today, I want to be out there with my teammates," Allen told Yahoo Sports late Wednesday. "… I am doing this for the guys in that locker room. I've been there with them since Day One. I'd rather be in there in that battle.
"If they say our season is on the line and we need everybody, I'm one of the troops, I'm riding out."
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