of course i'm a laker fan-boy, but i'm with rfx. i was really encouraged by that game. playing against one of the two best teams in the nba (hi stevie!; hi dopey!), they took it right down to the wire. with an interim coach and no point guard (last 10 minutes or so, they had kobe running point with mwp moving to 2 and jamison at 3. i'm not putting that last shot totally on pau, ron-ron inbounded to him, kobe was doubled and when you look at the tape, there wasn't another option. plus, if they hadn't been fighting for the rebound, they might well have gotten the put-back.
as far as i'm concerned, the real issue with this team -- and one that d'antoni will certainly have to face -- is the bench. their only consistency is their inability to score or defend.
BTW, nice interview with d'antoni here
by my colleague tj simers. not a lot of deep bball in it, but it certainly shows he knows how to charm tj. no easy task.