NBA could alter schedule, but no change to playoffs, lottery

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA could extend the season by a week in 2015-16 to build in more rest for players, but there will be no changes to the playoff or draft lottery format.

Commissioner Adam Silver is committed to reducing the number of times teams have to play four times in five nights or on back-to-back nights. He thinks ending the season a week later next year could help, and says a decision should be made by early May.

He says Friday that owners also had their first serious discussion about the playoff format, after the Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs in the West with a 45-37 record that would've been sixth-best in the East.

He says it's too early to tell how they feel about changing the current system that puts the top eight teams from each conference in the postseason.

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