08:09 AM ET 04.08 | Among the many ways Mike D'Antoni's vision hasn't come to pass in Los Angeles comes in the form of Steve Nash being slowed by injury. Whether it's Nash or Steve Blake playing with [Kobe Bryant], there's little doubt that D'Antoni permits Bryant to orchestrate the offense and call his own number frequently. Dwight Howard clearly was peeved after the Sunday loss to the Clippers, with the day's results leaving the Lakers a half-game behind Utah for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff. ... [The Lakers] offense didn't purr at all in the second half. Bryant finished 6 for 19 from the field, and Howard repeatedly gave abbreviated postgame answers that included the need to "play the right way as a team."