Granted, Allen's work isn't as broad as what Gasol does for the Grizzlies.
Still, as the Grizzlies fight down the stretch for a playoff berth, they'll need both team leaders to step up in order to land a fourth consecutive postseason appearance. Allen's perimeter defense shuts down opposing shooters. When Gasol combines his passing, rangy shooting and defense, he's not only an imposing force but also eases the load of others.
Memphis needs a few others to raise their levels of play. Mike Miller should steady his three-point shooting. Tayshaun Prince must put forth decent performances more consistently to merit his starting spot.
Follow along for breakdowns on the contributions that several Grizz players must make as the remaining slate plays out.
Statistics are current through Feb. 23 games. Unless otherwise noted, advance metrics come from basketball-reference.com.