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.”