Other teams see opportunity to knock Heat out of playoffs

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.

Recap: Toronto vs. Brooklyn

Paul Pierce and the veteran-laden Brooklyn Nets took over down the stretch to gain the upper hand in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Toronto Raptors, coming through with a 94-87 Game 1 victory at a raucous Air Canada Centre.

NBA playoffs begin with intriguing matchups

This is the time of year that reputations and championships are made. Two-time defending champion Miami looks for the NBA's first three-peat since Kobe and Shaq's Lakers (2000-2002). The star power is immense, including LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard. Let's play ball:

Raptors GM Ujiri apologizes for expletive

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made disparaging remarks towards the Brooklyn Nets during a fan rally outside the Air Canada Centre prior to Saturday's Game 1 of the teams' Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Nets

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs.

5 things to know about Mavericks-Spurs series

While San Antonio Spurs steamrolled toward their fourth 60-win season in 11 years, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if there is a secret formula for the franchise's almost unfathomable run of excellence.

Greg Cote: For first time in Big 3 era, Heat seems vulnerable

This time it feels different, doesn't it? The Heat in the Big 3 Era always has found a way to keep things fresh and keep us fascinated, and now that means trying on a role unlike any the team has played in the previous three seasons. This time, for the first time since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade, Miami enters a postseason seeming a bit vulnerable � something close to the unlikeliest of underdogs.

Warriors-Clippers: How they match up

LOS ANGELES-Aside from the constant refrain of whether the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors dislike or hate each other, their first-round Western Conference playoff series has the potential to be very entertaining.