The New Orleans Pelicans say guard Tony Allen has been diagnosed with a fibula fracture in his left leg and is expected to miss three to four weeks. The 6-foot-4 Allen, whose injury was announced on Tuesday, has appeared in 22 games for New Orleans this season, averaging 4.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game.
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Allen fell to the court during the first half of the Pelicans’ victory over Philadelphia on Sunday night. He picked himself up and limped on his own to the locker room.
Allen was acquired by New Orleans as a free agent this past off-season. The 14-year veteran has averaged 8.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in his career, which has included multi-year stints with Boston and Memphis.
His reputation is that of a defensive stopper, and when he is on the court this season the Pelicans’ defense has been 5.6 points per 100 possessions better. His off-ball cutting and energy have been a welcome addition to this team but unfortunately, like many Pelicans players, the team will have to briefly say goodbye.
The news of his injury is a big blow to the Pelicans, who had just seen Rajon Rondo return to their lineup after missing some time on the injured list himself. Now the Pelicans have to wait until yet another of their key players heals.
The Pelicans have had trouble with injuries over the past few years, and this season has been no different thus far. Allen is considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the entire league, which is why New Orleans went after him in the first place.
The Pels are lucky they have played so well through these injuries and have more depth than what was anticipated. If the timetable is accurate, Tony Allen should miss about 11 or so games. Only three of those games are against Western Conference opponents but the Pels will miss his depth at wing nonetheless.