Lakers are just bad. We've come up with a million reasons for it (coaching, age, coaching, no defense, coaching, injuries, coaching).They have stretches of decent games, then they struggle and look awful, then they look okay again. You know who else does that? Teams like Utah and Dallas and Milwaukee. Teams that just aren't good enough. They look okay for a week or two, look like they've figured something out, then bam, 3 game losing streak or a 20 point beatdown. The Lakers show all the symptoms of being a bad team. One thing D'Antoni is right about this year; "Championship? That's laughable". It's gonna be an ugly first round exit.
I think this is an oversimplification of the situation. Their talent is better than their record suggests and it comes partly from all the injuries but partly because of the style of play. D'Antoni is basically allowing Kobe, Dwight, Pau, etc to play how they want but not actually helping in that regard. When all of them are on the floor it's just a disjointed mess. It's been mentioned by the players before that they don't have any good sets to run in the half court other than pick and roll to get a good shot. There's no movement when the ball goes into Dwight in the post. Little movement when Kobe is isolating. Dwight doesn't set good screens consistently.
The difference between winning and losing is not that great with this team. Turn the ball over because nobody knows where to be results in easy baskets for the other team.
Golden State shot really well, made some shots they probably don't usually make, and when they got up 15 it got pushed to 25 because of momentum. We saw in the end that when the Lakers are able to play half court defense they aren't too bad. But they only succeed in the small ball game because that's the only real direction they get from the coaching staff.
Yes, sometimes the energy isn't there but that again is partly due to injuries and partly due to style of play. When your team is really old, you want to get as much rest as possible. So stop trying to push the ball all the time when you know you can't get fast break points anyway, tiring out your players, so that they don't have energy for defense.
The ideal for this team is to walk the ball up the floor and initiate an offensive set with 18 seconds on the shot clock. It can be pick and roll, but also getting the ball into the post effectively (with at least 12-14 seconds left) to take advantage of matchups. Yesterday that should have been Pau on David Lee, not Dwight on Bogut or Kobe on Klay. If the post doesn't work out, swing the ball back to Kobe or Nash and let them try to create with 6-7 seconds left on the clock. Conserve energy on offense so that it is saved for defense.