Dallas riding Van Exel's hot hand

Updated: May 14, 2003, 11:14 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
The best guard in the Dallas Maverick-Sacramento King semifinal series might be Olympian Mike Bibby or All Star Steve Nash or veteran Michael Finley or All Defensive player Doug Christie or Sixthman of the Year Bobby Jackson.

But the only one that'll get your team to the next round singlehanded if need be is Nick Van Exel.

"Nick is an incredible player, and his leadership is really coming forward," Mavericks coach Don Nelson said in the Fort Worth Star Telegram. "He's a big-game player, and we all love to have a guy like that. The bigger the game, the better he plays. He doesn't lack for confidence."