Hawks may make it uncomfortable for Pacers

The last time the Hawks entered the playoffs as a No. 8 seed, it nonetheless was viewed as such a momentous occasion that coach Mike Woodson felt compelled to fulfill a promise and shave his head. We'll never know if it was the result of some otherworldly spiritual energy emanating from Woodson's globey head, but the 37-45 Hawks proceeded to stretch the 66-16 (and eventual league champion) Boston Celtics to a seven-game series, nearly pulling off one of the greatest upsets in NBA history.

Grizzlies can't float without Mike Conley

Alex Conley has watched his grandson score thousands of baskets at gymnasiums across the country, from elementary school heaves to gliding layups under the bright lights of the National Basketball Association.

Raptors unfazed by talk of Nets tanking

The Toronto Raptors won the Atlantic Division and set a franchise record with 48 wins. They've still been labeled the weakest of the top four playoff teams in the Eastern Conference.

TNT's Sager to begin leukemia treatment

Longtime Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager will start treatment for leukemia on Friday and will not work for the network during the early stages of the NBA Playoffs.

NBA plans expanded programs with military

Army graduate Mike Krzyzewski will lead a U.S. national team practice at his alma mater, and the U.S. women will train at the Naval Academy as part of an increased partnership among the NBA, USA Basketball and the Department of Defense.