Don Nelson claims the Mavs could beat the Lakers in the first round. While “anything is possible,” I highly doubt a hungry, angry Lakers squad would lose to Dirk and co.

Star Telegram: “I think anybody can beat anybody, just like when we beat Dallas, we were eight and they were one,” Nelson said. “I think it could happen again.” Why? Because injuries are playing havoc with the West.

Nelson believes that with the Lakers missing center Andrew Bynum, nothing is guaranteed. “I don’t think everybody’s as deep as they thought,” Nelson said. “Even the Lakers are lacking something. They’re still winning, but they’re not as powerful. … If Bynum doesn’t come back, they’re as vulnerable as anybody else who’s missing a major player.”

  • Anthony

    Doesn’t he have to say this? How could would it look if he said “oh well ya know, the Lakers are going to beat our brains in if we have to play them in the first round”.

    We’re not like that weak Dallas team that fell in the first round. Nothing like them at all. Nuff said.

  • http://www.lakersvolssparks.blogspot.com Margo

    I HOPE DON CONTINUES TO FEED HIMSELF THAT…CAUSE WE WILL DALLAS! LET’S GET IT LAKERS. I’M GLAD THAT DALLAS IS ATTEMPTING TO PSYCH US IN SOME TYPE OF WAY, JUST REALLY MAKES US WANT TO PUT THE BEAT DOWN ON THEM.

  • PIERCE owns BRYANT

    Don Nelson is finally right. The Lakers are very vulnerable. They will lose to the Jazz in the second round, because the Jazz will push them around. It looks like the Celts will have to raise their 18th banner in June. GO GREEN MACHINE!!!!

  • Myself

    Thank you Dallas and former employees, this is just giving the Laker squad more ammunition going into the playoffs. Get ready to get popped in the mouth!

  • Dave

    Good points… This quote and the silly replies here will only serve to provide the Lakers with additional motivation. Please continue.

  • LakersFirst

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    The Boston Suckdics are vulnerable. Don’t be surprised if the Orlando Magic beat the Suckdics in the second round.

    As for the Lakers losing to the Jazz in the second round? WTF, isn’t that the same Jazz team that the Lakers disposed of in the second round last year? Please, the Jazz can’t be the Lakers in a series.

    At the end of the day, you better pray that Andrew Bynum doesn’t come back because if he does, the Lakers are complete. Bynum won’t need to score, the Lakers already score without him, but the Lakers will need his shot altering/blocking and rebounding abilities.

    Keep praying Suckdic fans.

  • Myself

    Yup, Pierce does own Bryant. Did you see how Pierce air balled that last shot against the Magic last night??!! And their lame ass coach claiming that they don’t care about home court *Sure*. F the Leprechauns, we’ll see u in June B*****

  • Mitch4Pres

    don nelson is right lowkey

  • Celtics lost to the Clippers

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    You are not allowed to talk, your team just lost again last night.
    Send my regards to Doc Rivers and his green burritos. Hope you guys make it out of the first round in the playoff.

  • Lakers 24 7

    You know how no matter how good you are, there is always that sorry team that matches up well against you? Golden State was that sorry team for Dallas two seasons back, but Dallas is not that sorry team for the Lakers…so Donnie can keep yappin’.

    ..Now if we played the Bobcats in the first round, lol, that would be a different story.

  • silENCE187

    u know the laer right now are a bit vulnerable but we will be fine ……… as for the mavs. their done !!!!! THEY WILL NOT BEAT THE LAERS IN FIRST ROUND AND THE JAZZ WE KILLED THEMM LAST YEAR N WILL DO IT AGAIN THIS YEAR …… N POOR CELTICS LOL NOT THIS YEAR THEY LOST THEIR HEARTS TO THE LAERS WITH THE LOSE ON XM&S DAY THEIR DONE NOW CAVS V.S. LAERS WE WILL WIN IN 6GMM REMEMBER THAT’S PLEASE…… L.A. WILL ONCE AGAIN BE THE CHAMPIONS !!!!

  • http://neoshocapital.com Farmabrick

    Sure, without Bynum, it’s possible for Dallas to win a single game in a 5 game series with the Lakers, but that is about it. With Bynum, the Mavs have a 0% chance of taking even a single game. The problem for the Lakers will be the Jazz, the Nuggets or the Hornets in Round 2: sharp PG play causes the Lake Show a lot of trouble. Still, the Lakers should lose no more than a couple games on their way to the Western Conference Final.

  • kobe8

    he same Laker team went to the Finals without Bynum last year. They’ve actually gotten better with Ariza healthy. So Don Nelson can go eat a d!ck with that bullcrap he be sayin.

  • Muslim mamba

    First off the lakers swept the mavs and golden state swept the mavs isn’t that saying something like u need to have swept the number 1 team to talk trash

  • gugy

    Dream on,
    I seriously doubt any team on the western front can beat the Lakers on a 7 game series.
    Spurs probably the closest, but even then, I hardly think will happen.

    The Lakers need to go completely brain dead for that to happen. I think only Boston and Cleveland have a chance if Bynum is not back. That seems unlikely, since we can go well without him during the playoffs and that will give him time to get back in game shape.

    Take into consideration, our team is a year older and experient after the finals last year.

  • xtro

    lakers did last year w/o bynum. went all the way to the nba finals. how easily they can forget. oh, i forgot, don nelson was an ex-celtics. there ya go! the hate to the purple and gold lingers.

  • jason

    Dallas has about as much chance of beating us in the first round as i have of having group sex with all the Lakers girls.

  • Michael_23

    Excuse me, but this Laker team beat the Cavs and Celtics with or without Bynum. Lakers tend to play harder when contending with tougher teams …

    Now considering Dallas a tough team? They are not… So I understand what Don Nelson is saying. But Lakers will pound em in the playoffs if they meet coz Lakers have a monkey on their shoulders from last year’s NBA Finals.

  • ThaGeek

    Didn’t they say the same thing about the Nuggets last year?

    sweep sweep sweep!

  • skew

    first things first…bynum is not a major player and we went to the finals without him last year. so ha!

    :)

  • kb24bestever

    hey i heard this lady is sewing him and his wife for some sh*t

  • sketch

    Of course Nelly is right! If the Mavs only played the Lakers reserves, of course they’d beat the Lakers! If we had all of our guys and they were healthy…there would be NO CHANCE of it happening! IDIOT NELLY!

  • acgod15

    THATS WHY THE WARRIORS SUCK THIS YEAR! DON NELSON IS A REJECT COACH AND DOESNT KNOW DEFENSE TO SAVE HIS LIFE! KEEP WISHING YOU WERE THE MAVERICKS COACH STILL YOU FAT LARD!

    LAKERS O9 CHAMPS

  • the ape

    i agree – i’d be more worried about the bobcats hahaha! we match up well with dallas so no worries there.

    i’m torn though – it would also be fun to have a first round match up against the suns so we can personally throw them out the door. but then… them not making the playoffs at all is even fun-er

  • BOSTON 2009 CHAMPS

    don nelson said EVERYTHING perfect…it sucks that we wont see your los angeles FAKERS in the finals, cuz we would LOVE toown you guys once again. fukc kobe, with or without bynum the fakers are SOFT! as long as you guys have the ball hogging briant on your team you guys aint nothing! pau gashiit is a pu$$y so he wont help you neither will lamars odumb…the fact that you guys wont even make 2nd round is sad! maybe if u guys had paul “the truth” peirce mr get garnett.com, and ray “owns bryant” allen, you guys would have a chance…im soo glad our boston fans arent like the fake crowds in other arenas cheering “mvp” for ur kobe “the rapist” “la bamba” briant…fukc you guys and you fans you fake a$$ fans!you will never see boston selling out like you fukcs! BOSTON CELTICS 2009 CHAMPS! GET OVER IT YOU FUKCIN LOSS ANGLES FAKERS!

  • BOSTON 2009 CHAMPS

    FUKC THE FAKERS! BOSTON THE “TRUTH”! FUKC lebrOFF LAMES! FUKC RAPIST BRYANT! FUKC THE LOS ANGLES FAKERS! FUKC THE LAMELAND CAVILAMES! FUCK THE ORLAMEDO MAGIBRONIS! BOSTON IS THE SH!T! FUKC ALL YOU LOS ANGLES FAKER NI99ERS! YOU FAKE A$$ CRIP A$$ BLODD GANGSTA FAKE SHI!T! LOSS ANGLES FAKERS ARE SH!T!!!!! BOSTON BITHCES! 4 LIFE!