Memphis Grizzlies forward Tony Allen says he "definitely" will play in Game 6 of the team's Western Conference semifinals series against the Golden State Warriors.
A lingering hamstring injury forced Allen to miss Game 5 on Wednesday, a 20-point loss in Oakland, Calif. Memphis trails the Warriors 3-2 in the series heading into Friday night's contest in Memphis.
Allen was asked to estimate how healthy he was. "60 [percent] maybe," he said, according to ESPN.com:
"Our season is on the line," Allen said. "I'm ready to go out there and compete.
"I want to be in this battle with my team."
Allen has averaged 7.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.2 blocks during the playoffs. The 33-year-old considered one of the best defenders in the NBA.
If Memphis wins on Friday, Game 7 would be played Sunday in Oakland.