Olympiakos game plans up in smoke

Feeling the pressure after squandering a 2-0 lead in the national basketball league’s best-of-five final series, Olympiakos suffered another major setback yesterday when it was announced that key forward James Forrest will miss tonight’s deciding game against AEK after tests showed he had used cannabis. Though the substance does not fall under the category of banned performance-enhancing drugs, it is illegal and will most likely lead to a suspension of between one and three months for the player. Team officials hinted yesterday that the club would impose a penalty on the player. Forrest, his team’s top scorer in three of the four finals played, will be a crucial absence for Olympiakos, now tied at 2-2 with AEK. The two teams play tonight’s deciding encounter at AEK’s home ground, the OAKA stadium. «This is unbelievable. I’ve never taken anything illegal,» said Forrest. «Nothing worse could have happened to the team, and to me, because I’d worked hard for this game, which I finally won’t play in.»

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