Tony Allen will walk right through your dance routine, children (Video)

Tony Allen stays focused in Game 1. (Getty Images)

Tony Allen – Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard, sainted King of All Things Gritty and Grindy – will not cede his court-space for anyone.

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Least of all you punk kids, with all your dancing and bebopping:

The Golden State Warriors crowd, denied a chance to watch an adorable children’s dance routine, understandably booed heartily:

Allen, to his credit, seemed to realize his misstep and give one of the kids a bit of dap:

"I thought they were done," Allen said afterward, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears. "Obviously, they weren't. But like I said, it's all about right now. I'm focusing in on Game 2. I'm not really worried about what the crowd is talking about."

Nor did the crowd's booing seem to bother him.

"They don't even understand that I'm not even worried," Allen said. "I'm not expecting them to give me a round of applause either. I'm just out here competing. I am looking forward to the defensive assignments and things I have to do for my team. It's a hostile environment, but I'm just focused on what I can do for my team."

This is what happens when you’re charged with following Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for 48 minutes. You tend to work in kind of a daze.

(Hat-tip: CBS Sports and The Score.)

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Kelly Dwyer

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