Five things to look for in Mavericks-Spurs showdown

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

The Dallas Mavericks go into their first-round matchup against the San Antonio Spurs knowing ball protection will be a major key in determining who will win this series.

Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker are Charlotte Bobcats' yin and yang

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

Al Jefferson is a 10-year NBA veteran. He likes small towns in the Deep South, like the one he's from in Mississippi. He's a big man who is not very expressive on the court. He has a game straight from the 1980s � a back-to-the-basket post player with an old-school array of ball fakes.

Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

Atlanta's Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers' grand playoff plan.

Recap: Indiana vs. Atlanta

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

Indianapolis native Jeff Teague enjoyed his playoff homecoming, scoring 28 points with five assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a surprising 101-93 win over the top-seeded Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Ranking the NBA teams

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

Records and stats final regular season:

D.J. Augustin pumped up for NBA playoffs

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

If D.J. Augustin doesn't sleep well Saturday night, he surely won't blame his newborn son, Trey.

And the 2013-14 MVP award goes to . . .

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

For the first time, the NBA this season will reveal the ballots cast by media members for its annual postseason awards.

And the 2013-14 MVP award goes to . . .

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

For the first time, the NBA this season will reveal the ballots cast by media members for its annual postseason awards.

Bulls thankful for rest and preparation time

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

The Bulls had two three-day breaks in the final four weeks of the regular season, playing poorly in a 17-point home loss against the Trail Blazers after one and winning impressively on the road against the Timberwolves following the other.

Tim Cowlishaw: Mavericks upsetting Spurs is crazy, but it isn't outrageous

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

Dallas Mavericks fans can always look at the bright side. This team is only about half the underdog the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference was against the No. 1 seed seven years ago.