Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.
The league said Friday night in a release that Calathes tested positive for tamoxifen. The suspension begins Saturday night when the Grizzlies take on Oklahoma City in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Yahoo Sports was the first to report the suspension. Calathes, a 25-year-old rookie reserve, averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 71 games this season.
Nets-Raptors: Brooklyn dropped four of its last five games, with coach Jason Kidd resting his regulars in a 29-point loss to Cleveland on the final night of the season, as the Nets slid from fifth to sixth in the East, earning a meeting with Toronto, starting Saturday, and avoiding fourth-seeded Chicago.
"I like right where we are. A good place," Kidd said after the seeding was confirmed.
The Nets might be happy, but the third-seeded Raptors aren't too pleased at the portrayal.
"It would tick me off if that was the case," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said Thursday when asked for his opinion on Brooklyn's alleged strategy of tanking. "If they did, sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for."
Pacers-Hawks: Instead of debating what went wrong over the second half of the season, Indiana will finally get a chance to start over when its playoff series with Atlanta begins Saturday.
Over the season's first half, the top-seeded Pacers went 33-7. Over the second half, they were mostly mediocre and out of sync in going 23-19. But Indiana did build a little momentum by winning its last two for its first two-game winning streak in a month.
The key to the Pacers' regaining their early-season form will be getting All-Star center Roy Hibbert back on track. He is shooting just 23.5 percent in April, is 1 of 16 from the field over the last two games and has averaged 3.2 rebounds over the last 13.
"I've been doing this for six years now and it's playoff time," Hibbert said, wiping his brow after practice. "I'm ready to roll."
Sager ailing: TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia.
A sideline reporter famous for his brightly colored suits, Sager's sense of humor was intact in a statement released by Turner Sports on Friday. He said that "a dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes."
76ers: Philadelphia owner Joshua Harris isn't hiding his satisfaction with a team that finished 19-63 and solidified a 19.9 percent chance at winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
"I think the season has been a huge success for us," Harris said.
Give Harris credit for his honesty. The Sixers hold two lottery picks (one via a trade) and were never shy about admitting they had to tank -- make that, rebuild -- this season in order to start their hopeful championship track.
"We don't use that word," Harris said of tanking.
Jazz wins tiebreaker: Utah won a tiebreaker with the Boston Celtics and will be slotted fourth in the NBA draft lottery, with a 10.4 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, while the Celtics will have a 10.3 percent chance. Both teams finished with 25-57 records.