The NBA suspended Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen for one game -- to be served during tonight's game against the 76ers. Allen elbowed the Cleveland Cavalier forward Anderson Varejao in the groin during the Cavaliers recent 31-point blowout of the Celtics.
NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Stu Jackson, announced the suspension a few minutes ago.
The incident occured with 5:05 remaining in the third quarter of the 107-76 Cleveland win on Sunday.
So, the Sixers will face a Boston Celtics team without Allen and without forward Kevin Garnett, who will also miss the game. Quickly, a game that seemed a very, very difficult win has become, almost, a game the Sixers should win. No Allen, No Garnett, No reason for the Celtics to be on their game. Plenty of reason for the Sixers to care: A win ties them with the Bulls for sixth *(per Statman's correction, Sixers won season series with Detroit, can't slip below Pistons). With tomorrow's game at the Cleveland Cavaliers, who will be trying to tie the NBA's all-time home record in a season, this is looking very much like the Sixers last chance to avoid ending this regular season on a seven-game losing streak.