Silver: Playoff changes likely in NBA, moratorium mulled

LAS VEGAS (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league is leaning toward eliminating division records in the playoff-seeding formula, and that the change is expected to become finalized before the beginning of next season.

Silver spoke Tuesday in Las Vegas after the NBA’s Board of Governors met and discussed several issues, including adding a countdown clock to monitor the length of breaks between quarters and during timeouts.

Other topics included widening and adding a second escape lane with hopes that it will minimize player collisions with video and still cameramen along the baselines, and potential changes to the league’s annual moratorium. The moratorium has been a hot topic of late, especially after DeAndre Jordan changed his mind and stayed with the Los Angeles Clippers after committing to the Dallas Mavericks.