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Silver: Raising age limit a priority

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NEW YORK (AP) Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college.

So much so that NCAA President Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners.

Silver is moving cautiously on potential changes to areas such as the lottery format and playoff structure, but makes it clear that raising the draft age limit to abolish the so-called "one and done" is one of his priorities.

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Grizzlies PG Calathes suspended 20 games

(AP) -- Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.

The league said Friday night in a release that Calathes tested positive for tamoxifen. The suspension begins Saturday night when the Grizzlies take on Oklahoma City in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

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Warriors, Clips take dislike to playoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) As much as the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors don't like each other, they're a lot alike in some ways.

There's an All-Star point guard on each side, they're both young and athletic, and each franchise is trying to distance itself from an inglorious past that cast them as afterthoughts for most of their years in the NBA.

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Raptors annoyed by notion Nets tanked

TORONTO (AP) 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.

The Nets may think so. Brooklyn dropped four of its last five games, with coach Jason Kidd resting his regulars in a 29-point loss to Cleveland on the final night of the season, as the Nets slid from fifth to sixth in the East, earning a first-round meeting with the Raptors and avoiding fourth-seeded Chicago.

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Westbrook healthy this time vs. Memphis

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A year ago, Memphis blew past Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals.

Back then, Oklahoma City was without dynamic point guard Russell Westbrook because of a season-ending right knee injury from the previous series, and the Thunder were eliminated by the Grizzlies in five games. Westbrook is healthy now, and Oklahoma City is confident the results will be different when the teams meet again this year in the first round of the playoffs, starting Saturday night.

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Pacers hope to get on track vs. Hawks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Pacers believe things have changed.

Instead of chasing the top seed in the Eastern Conference, all they have to do is protect their home court. Instead of pressing, they've been joking around. And instead of trying debating what went wrong over the second half of the season, the Pacers will finally get a chance to start over when the playoffs open this weekend.

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Heat look to continue mastery of Bobcats

MIAMI (AP) If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in a hurry.

Upset odds look miniscule. Miami has lost only four of its last 23 games against the Bobcats, going 15-0 in the series since LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade teamed up with the Heat.

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D'Antoni to meet with Lakers soon

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Mike D'Antoni was still the Los Angeles Lakers' coach when he left their training complex to spend the Easter weekend out of town with his family.

How long D'Antoni retains his job won't be decided at least until next week.

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76ers owner Harris: 19 wins a 'success'

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Billions of dollars couldn't console Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris this season. Ok, maybe just a little.

Being the potential heirs of a franchise that matched an NBA-record losing streak comes with a few hardships as well not usually found in the luxury suites.

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Suns GM confident Bledsoe will be back

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough is plotting the team's future after an unexpectedly successfully season, and he's confident that future includes Eric Bledsoe.

McDonough, speaking at an end-of-season news conference on Friday, said the backcourt of Bledsoe and Goran Dragic "is among the NBA's best.'"

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