I think not. But the Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle believes they could defeat the Lakers in the first round.
Sports Radio Interviews: In the 2006-2007 NBA season, the Dallas Mavericks had a franchise record 67 wins, were coming off an NBA Finals appearance, and we’re a heavy favorite to win the NBA Chamapionship. Then they ran into the hottest and most unorthodox team in the league in the Golden State Warriors and lost in 6 games in the first round. That was the beginning of the end of the Avery Johnson error and predicated the Jason Kidd trade.
Fast forward to the 2008-2009 season and after a terrible start, the Mavs are currently 44-30 and the eighth seed in the West. Their new coach Rick Carlisle, who’s been successful everywhere he’s coached and could pass for the twin brother of Jim Carrey, could get the Mavs franchise back on track by repeating what the Warriors did to them in the 2007 playoffs and upsetting the #1 seed Los Angeles Lakers.
Coach Carlisle joined KLAC to talk about his Mavs…
On the Lakers: “We play 82 games and I guess everyone has a record and that’s the gauge. Based on their level of success, you’ve got to say that they’re pretty darn good. It’s one of the reasons that we’d like to move up from the 8th playoff position and try to get to 7 or 6 or 5 if there’s any way to possibly do it. The better seeding you have, it’s usually a better situation. We’ve played LA 3 times, we’ve played them in close games but we’ve had difficulty beating them and for good reason. They’re really good. We’ve played them both when they had Bynum and when they didn’t. They’re a tough nut to crack either way.”