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Memphis Grizzlies’ Fate Decided With Nick Calathes’ Suspension

Nick Calathes

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

As the Memphis Grizzlies prepare to face the powerhouse Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, disturbing news has been released that will have a negative impact on the Grizzlies from here on out.

The Grizzlies backup point guard Nick Calathes has received a 20-game suspension for a violation of the NBA’s anti-drug policy. According to various reports, Calathes tested positive for an athletic supplement called Tamoxifen. It has been stated that there were no traces of testosterone or PED in the supplement.

Calathes has not had a very big role this season, but it was still significant in the spectrum of team play. He only averages 16 minutes per game with the point and assist averages of 4.9 and 2.9 per game. As minuscule as the statistics sound, the relief that he provided was beneficial to Mike Conley and the Grizzlies.

With Calathes out, Beno Udrih will take his place and that will be of some concern. Udrih was picked up by the team in February and has played limited minutes. He has some legitimate experience, having been apart of two championship seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.

Udrih and Conley will have to step up their game to handle the guard play of the Thunder. The expectations were not the best going into the series, but it is safe to say the Grizzlies are as good as done.

Winston Harris is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @winstonharris34. “Like” him on Facebook and add him on Google.