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Grizzlies Point Guard Suspended

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended 20 games by the NBA for failing a drug test.  This comes as the Grizzlies prepare to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It is being reported that Calathes failed the test due to tamoxifen being detected in his system.  Tamoxifen blocks the flow of estrogen in the body and is used by athletes to mask steroids.

The seventh seeded Grizzles will open Saturday night against the Thunder and will miss the back-up minutes that Calathes provided behind Mike Conley.  Calathes averaged 16.5 minutes per games this season, shooting 45.7% from the field and 61.1% from the line.  He also averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists per game.

Calathes’ minutes will be absorbed by Beno Udrih, the journeyman who was picked up in late February by Memphis, after he was discarded by the New York Knicks.

The Grizzlies would have to make the NBA Finals for Calathes to play again this season.  So I think it is safe to say that Nick Calathes will not see the court again in the 2013-14 season.