We wanted to avoid you too.
L.A. Times: Dirk Nowitzki came right out and said it: The Dallas Mavericks did not want to open the playoffs against the Lakers.
“This was definitely a win we wanted to get,” Nowitzki said. “The Lakers are probably the hottest team in the West. We definitely didn’t want to face them in the first round. . . . [New Orleans] had a great year, but I think we match up pretty well.”