Balls: Warriors to Allen: Just shoot — please? 

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  • After gaining confidence in Games 2 and 3, the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen was brought back to earth in Game 4 as he struggled shooting against the Warriors, who played good defense.
Remember when Memphis Grizzlies brick-thrower Tony Allen shouted “First-team All-Defense!” after a steal and dunk in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals?

Well, after Allen bricked 7 of 9 shots and was finally benched in Game 4, allow Balls to be the first to scream it — Last-team All-Offense! He’s not alone, you know.

Watch the Grizzlies, and you feel you’re back in the days of short shorts, set shots and Chuck Taylor sneakers. They play hard. They play as a team. But they can’t shoot worth a spit from the outside, which is why they won’t beat the Warriors in this series.

“At some point, we’re gonna have score 100 points to win a game against them,” coach Dave Joerger pleaded. “You just can’t keep running your defense out there, leaving them on the field so long.”

The Grizzlies’ biggest weakness was painfully evident Monday, when they missed 14 of 18 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Just when you thought Mike Conley could shoot better with a metal plate in his head and a protective mask on his face, he was 4 of 15 again. The Warriors wanted Allen to shoot so badly, Andrew Bogut was tempted to set a screen for him. Finally, Joerger sent Allen to the bench and forgot about him. He played only 16 minutes.

“Hopefully, they’ll do it again, and I’ll take advantage of it,” said Allen, a career 27 percent shooter from 3-point range.

Oh, don’t worry about that, Mr. First-Team All-Defense. The Warriors will do it again, all right. And again. And again ...

CAN HE PUNT, TOO? A testy NFL investigator Ted Wells fired back at Tom Brady and his agent Tuesday, when he disclosed that the New England Patriots quarterback had refused to turn over even a list of communications, let alone a cellphone.

So impressed were the 49ers by his grit and enthusiasm, they immediately invited Wells to a free-agent tryout as their ninth tight end.

HAIL TO THE HARBAUGHS: Balls doesn’t know how many games Jim Harbaugh will win as Michigan’s coach, but it has a good idea how the Harbaugh era will end eventually. He’ll leave Ann Arbor one step ahead of posse and let the university pick up the tab.

Even before Harbaugh has coached a game there, he’s at it already. According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan reported four secondary rules violations to the NCAA recently. The program isn’t expected to be reprimanded, but Harbaugh is just warming up. Give the guy a chance.

THE LIST: Least heard Elvis songs in Memphis after Game 4:

— “A Fool Such As I”

— “All Shook Up” — “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

— “Don’t Be Cruel”

— “Heartbreak Hotel”

— “Surrender”

— “Too Much”

— “Way Down”

YOUR TURN: “I’m curious what the value of a deflated football is. I understand the rule was broken but I’ve thrown overinflated, underinflated and properly inflated balls and don’t understand what advantage it would be to a pro. What do your sources say the advantage is at that level?” — Jesse Tepper, San Francisco.

(Balls’ sources say that, if Brady, Aaron Hernandez and Bill Belichick and are in the same car, then a cop is driving it.)

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