Well it's hard to say when MDA has to keep throwing units out there haven't played much together due to injuries. That's one thing all the championship contenders this year have that the Lakers definitely don't: familiarity with each other that comes from playing a lot of games together. SA, OKC, DEN, LAC, MEM from the West; MIA and NYK in the East. BOS played together very well, but they are past their prime. IND is a year away and may join the elite next season.
For all the maligning MDA gets for his defense, it has actually been acceptable against the Spurs. 89ppg and 37% shooting the last two games against them. Those numbers are good enough to keep the team in the game under ordinary circumstances. The problems as I have said stems from the forced changes in offensive schemes and the injuries leading to the lack of familiarity among the teammates. The Spurs are exposing that.
Given all that has happened, I'm fairly agnostic on whether MDA stays or goes. I think it's going to be up to D12 telling Mitch what it will take to sign up for the Lakers' max offer.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.