James Harden helped the Houston Rockets to their first division title since 1994 and the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs starting Saturday against Dallas. Harden is ''very motivated'' to do more this postseason after being eliminated…KRISTIE RIEKEN (AP Sports Writer)
Golden State secured the No. 1 overall seed two weeks ago and has been at the top of the NBA standings all season. New Orleans needed an all-out effort through its last game against San Antonio to claim the Western Conference's final playoff spot.…ANTONIO GONZALEZ (AP Basketball Writer)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha is recovering from surgery on his right leg, which he says was injured during his arrest by New York police last week.
NBA owners held their first serious discussions about the playoff format, though Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday it was too soon to tell if there was interest in changing it. The playoffs will open Saturday without the Oklahoma City Thunder,…BRIAN MAHONEY (AP Basketball Writer)
With the return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls came into the season with soaring expectations. The Bulls open the playoffs at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday eyeing on a deep run after battling…ANDREW SELIGMAN (AP Sports Writer)