NBA Playoffs

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks with the press at the Beyond Sport United 2015 event on July 22, 2015 in Newark. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Beyond Sport)

Silver, NBA Leaning Toward No Playoff Guarantee For Division Winners

A division title might soon mean a banner but no assurance of a playoff spot in the NBA, forcing clubs to finish in the top eight of their conference if they want a shot at the title.

07/23/2015

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA Commissioner Silver Expects Changes To Playoff Seeding

Changes to the NBA playoffs are almost certainly coming. Changes to the league’s much-discussed moratorium and Hack-a-Shaq aren’t, at least not now.

07/15/2015

Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Two

WATCH: Cavs Chided For In-Game Video Showing Man Throwing Woman

The Cavaliers have apologized for showing a video during Wednesday night’s playoff game that showed a man violently throwing a woman across a room for wearing a Chicago Bulls T-shirt.

05/07/2015

Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

Schmeelk: Grizzlies Show There’s More Than 1 Way To Play Winning Basketball

The Grizzlies are a model for how you can still win in the NBA playing a different way. It’s possible, and that’s a road the Knicks will try to travel on as they begin this rebuilding process.

05/07/2015

LeBron James against the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 4, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Upsets Shaping Up In Round 2 Of NBA Playoffs

It might take a special series from LeBron James — and a lot of help from Kyrie Irving — for the Cavaliers to win this series.

05/05/2015

The Nets’ Jarrett Jack, left, drives against the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore during Game 5 of the teams’ opening-round playoff series on April 29, 2015, at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Resurgent Nets To Try To Force Top-Seeded Hawks To Go The Distance

They were separated by 22 victories in the regular season and a mere nine points so far in the playoffs.

05/01/2015

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 29: Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Thaddeus Young #30 of the Brooklyn Nets during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 29, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Hawks Hold Off Nets’ Late Burst, Take 3-2 Series Lead

Al Horford and Jeff Teague scored 20 points apiece, helping the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks hold off the Brooklyn Nets 107-97 Wednesday night in an NBA playoff series that’s closer than anyone envisioned.

04/30/2015

Brook Lopez #11 and Joe Johnson #7

Pressure Is On Hawks As Nets Look To Take 3-2 Lead In First Round

Atlanta has to know exactly what Brooklyn is feeling right now. And that knowledge might be scary.

04/29/2015

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 27, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: D-Will, Nets Turnarounds Get Big Assist From Hollins

More important than any strategy, Lionel Hollins has these Nets playing with a passion, an attention to detail on the defensive end, and unselfishness on offense.

04/28/2015

J.R. Smith

WATCH: Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith Ejected For Knocking Jae Crowder To Floor

J.R. Smith was ejected from Cleveland’s playoff game on Sunday after swinging his arm back and knocking Boston’s Jae Crowder to the floor early in the second half.

04/27/2015

Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets attempts to drive against the Atlanta Hawks during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on April 25, 2015. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Disrespected Nets Could Save NBA From 1st-Round Doldrums

Considering the number of lopsided series in the first round, Monday’s Game 4 between the Nets and Hawks is a must-see event for all NBA fans.

04/27/2015

Deron Williams reacts after missing a basket in the final seconds of the Brooklyn Nets' 96-91 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Once Again, Nets’ D-Will Comes Up Small In Huge Moment

A Little League coaching colleague of mine has this saying: “You can’t hide in baseball.” It turns out that it’s also true in basketball.

04/23/2015

Mirza Teletovic of the Brooklyn Nets shoots before Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks on April 19, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets’ Teletovic Probable For Game 2 Against Hawks

Teletovic was ruled out for the season with blood clots in January, but his condition improved and he was cleared to play last week.

04/22/2015

Thaddeus Young of the Brooklyn Nets against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Will Regret Not Capitalizing On Hawks’ Subpar Performance

This was the game the Nets were praying for — and yet they still fell short. Don’t count on it occurring again in Game 2.

04/20/2015

LeBron James (credit: Gary Dineen/NBA/Getty Images)

NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference First Round Preview

The Eastern Conference seems far less interesting than the West, but still some intriguing match-ups in play.

04/17/2015

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