On second thought after seeing Kobe's presser it looks like it would be a pretty far-fetched idea that they would tank the game. I just can't believe once we took the lead on that Farmar three in the fourth we basically stopped playing and showed no urgency from then on. Just a weird, weird game. Time to bounce back in game 5 and start playing like champions, and like Kobe said play some [expletive]ing DEFENSE and REBOUND the basketball.
I watched the game again last night, taking out the emotion of watching it live. Here are the adjustments I would make. Defense, allow them to take 2 pointers, do not under any circumstances foul them ever, no double teams, if Amare goes for 60 without freethrows, so be it, if Nash scores on running jumpers, live with it. Offensively they should continue taking open 3 pointers if they are given them. They should have Kobe attempt to penetrate the zone a bit, it will give us even less pressure on our wide open 3's and once those start falling we can pound the inside and get some easy buckets and fouls to slow the game down and allow us to get back on D more as well as be able to play Kobe and Pau almost the entire game. On the open 3 pointers there has to be zero hesitation, if you get the ball thrown to you and you are uncovered, shoot the ball in rhythm. You are not going to make half of your 3's it is statistically impossible, and this is the most important adjustment to make, when you miss the shot, you need to run back on defense, do not defend the rebounder, get your butt back on defense and set up so that we aren't playing with a man disadvantage when the rebounder outlets the ball to one of their quick guards, we need to run back to the other side of the court immediately. Several times they were not only defending the rebounder but also double teaming him, leaving 2 guys in the back court against Amahnson or Amare getting a board is a humongous misplay. Yes you may strip the ball, but the vast majority of the time the rebounder will find the outlet pass and against a quick team you are then at a humongous disadvantage basically guaranteeing that there is a man uncovered on the other end of the court, risk v reward. Offensively they are playing a fine game, they are shooting well, they are getting shots that they should want to take, they are outscoring the suns if you take out free throw disparity (and they aren't going to get calls shooting 3's unless it is a blatant foul). Defensively they are fouling too much, double teaming too much in situations where they shouldn't be (which is ever) leading to wide open 3's, just getting a hand up in those situations is about all you can ask for and should be enough. Limiting fouls, and getting back on defense instead of defending rebounds is number 1 priority, do not listen to any clowns that tell you that the Lakers can't figure out the zone, if that was true their record would be somewhere around 0-82, teams would just zone them and beat them. They are scoring and getting very high percentage looks. Defense is fine in spurts when it is set up in the half court game, the gameplan is just flawed and needs to be addressed, which I expect it to be in game 5. I am no basketball coach, but I have played and studied the game a lot, those are the adjustments I would go with.
Finally. I would give Sasha a chance, he is a tenacious defender (not good, tenacious) and he can hit an open 3 better than most of our players. I like how he defends Nash and Drajic, very good pressure on and off the ball. Unless he is hurt, I would throw him in place of Brown who cannot hit open 3's, sucks on defense, and just isn't good at anything other than dunking. Farmar can hit the occasional 3 and is terrible at defense, but at least his shot has to be respected. Brown gives nothing. Josh Powell is another option, he can stretch the zone since his mid-range game is better than average, and he plays fast. Honestly, the Lakers can probably win without making a single adjustment, but making adjustments would be nice to see.