If the Lakers had it their way, the Mavericks would be their first-round playoff opponent.
Updated: March 16, 2009, 12:32 PM ETBy J.A. Adande | ESPN.com
LOS ANGELES -- Never mind that the Cavaliers trailed the lowly Clippers by 19 points in the fourth quarter, that they needed the full power of LeBron James and the Clippers' typical self-destructive tendencies to win. James still labeled it a "great win" and it was, considering that the only thing at stake was the future of the Cleveland franchise.