Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team.

Rockets host Portland in first-round of playoffs

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

The Houston Rockets were happy simply to return to the playoffs last season.

Patience and preparation pay off for Heat's Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

For weeks in February, practically the only time Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis worked up a sweat on game nights was during the spirited pregame 2-on-2 or 3-on-3 battles among Heat reserves.

Dave Hyde: As playoffs begin, a third Heat title comes with added bounty

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

So it begins again. The fun and fuming. The nerves and nonsense. And the stakes for the Heat that escalate beyond anything Charlotte offers Sunday in the playoff opener, maybe beyond even a third NBA title shimmering in a distant June.

Ailene Voisin: Rudy Gay holds the cards in Kings' future

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Is anyone at Sleep Train Arena actually getting any sleep these days? Didn't think so. Barely hours into the offseason, which will be far less traumatizing than the previous three years for obvious reasons - the league just said no to relocation! - the Kings' owners and front-office executives are staring into the teeth of three significant personnel issues.

Will Heat's title runs take toll in the long run?

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

Dwyane Wade made his intentions known four years ago.

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

It isn't often the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning play a 60-minute game.Twenty-six saves by Carey Price and two goals by Rene Bourque helped make this the rare case. David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored and the Canadiens beat the Lightning 4-1 Friday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Sunday's Game 3 in Montreal. They won Game 1 on Wednesday when Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime -- the fourth time in five meetings between the teams during this past season and the playoffs that one of their games was decided after regulation. On Friday, all the goals came in the second and third period, the first three against Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback, who was pulled after Gallagher scored with 8:14 left. Price was within 1:59 of his first playoff shutout in three years before Teddy Purcell scored on a power play.

Bulls' Joakim Noah grieves over loss of his mentor

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

To understand the impact and influence Tyrone Green had on Joakim Noah, just go back to Noah's 2007 draft night.

Other teams see opportunity to knock Heat out of playoffs

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

Yes, there is great leaguewide respect for the two-time defending champion Heat. But when some of the other Eastern Conference playoff teams look at the Heat and Indiana, they see opportunity, considering Miami went 11-14 since March 4 and Indiana lost 13 of its past 23.

Resilient Bulls brace for next obstacle: Wizards

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

Never mind all they overcame. The only obstacle that matters now for the Chicago Bulls is the one in front of them.