It was a surprise announcement from Memphis coach Dave Joerger in his pregame media availability:
Tony Allen has been suspended by the team for Tuesday night’s game against the Jazz for a “violation of team rules,” as reported by Ronald Tillery at the Commercial Appeal. He offered no further details.
“It’s an isolated incident that happened. We’ve moved on. It’s over,” Joerger said. “He’s been great for us. I’ve played him more in February than any other time in the season. He’s been great accepting his new role, being some with the second unit and some with the first unit. He’s been locked in. He has had playoff focus. This is an isolated incident.”
In his last 10 games, Allen has averaged 8 points and 4.1 rebounds a game, which is right at his season averages. Where Allen will be missed is on the defensive end, where he is a stopper for on the perimeter. They could have used him against Gordon Hayward on the perimeter Tuesday night.
Also out for the Jazz is starting power forward Zach Randolph, due to illness.