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New Orleans Pelicans guard Tony Allen (24) shoots against Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac (1) during an NBA basketball game in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

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Reserve guard Tony Allen will miss his fourth consecutive game with a lingering left knee injury, the New Orleans Pelicans announced an hour before Friday's 9:30 p.m. tipoff against the Denver Nuggets.

Including Friday's game at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Allen has not played since Nov. 9 against the Toronto Raptors. Allen, 35, has logged 20 minutes in just one game this season.

Before the team officially listed Allen as out Friday night, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Wednesday there "was a good chance" the 14-year veteran guard would return from injury Friday.

“When he's able to play, he'll play," Gentry said Wednesday. "If he's not playing, it's because he absolutely can't play.

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"I guess everybody says this, but if it was a playoff game, he would play ... But I don't think it's worth taking a risk right now — 12, 13 games into the season with a guy like him. Because his value is going to be later on in special situations."

This article originally ran on theadvocate.com.