NBA playoffs 2012: Postseason news and notes
The National Basketball Association season that almost never was is about to head into the home stretch, i.e. the playoffs.
The leagueâ€™s so-called second season begins Saturday following a compacted 66-game regular season that didnâ€™t start until Christmas Day, about two months later than usual due to a 149-day labor dispute. The team owners emerged from negotiations with new restrictions on payrolls and contracts that will put $3 billion into their coffers over the next 10 years.
With the final regular-season games scheduled tonight and Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks, who won the franchiseâ€™s first NBA championship last season, are assured of defending their title, but they will enter the playoffs with only about the 12th-best record in the league.
Here are some additional table-setting facts:
1. Teams with the most championships
Boston Celtics, 17
Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers, 16
Chicago Bulls, 6
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