Problem as I see it was that we started out the game trying to play pnr aka Nash ball. Rather the team likes it or not, Dantoni likes it or not, or message boards like admitting it .... Kobe dictates inside out to start games. He generally spends the first few possessions feeding the post or posting himself. He doesn't run around using Pau or Dwight as his personal turnstiles to start off because he's too smart for that. He knows very well that you keep the bigs honest and then look for your shot and the outside attack with pnr dribble drives. This team did the opposite, they posted secondly after the outside pnr mucked up the floor to start and dug them a hole. That's a setback of not having Kobe
Second issue is that we simply need better shots. I'm not mad at him for taking the shots he took totally, but I'm mad that he didnt convert more of them or draw fouls as he took some horrible floor balance shots without guys between the 3pt line and rim. Fact is both Steve's need to put up around 30 shots to keep teams honest without Kobe. The thing is without Kobe you have no bail outs, no one who can get to the rim and finish among the trees, no one who can draw fouls, and that means you must have floor balance. If you're taking the shots he took off the pnr he has to either hit them or make damn sure Metta and Blake are between the 3pt line and the Spurs basket because e Spurs aren't going to be in a scramble like 3. Or 4 of them would be off instinct even if its Kobe firing a 27ft fade. They just don't generate the same respect for multiple guys to run at them and that means you will be run at.
Last issue is Meeks should have started period. Is just always mixed messages. The guy with back and hip problems just comes back to start, when Pau was made to come for the bench? The team was what 5-0 without him to close the year in must win games and versus the spurs, so you bring him off the bench and let him attack Joseph/Neal while also getting Jamsion and Clark involved. Meeks should have started. He did just fine vs Green the other day. He should have started because he's quicker and better than Nash on D, as there's always effort like Sahsa. We were also 5-0 without Nash to end the year, in all must win games, 6-0 if you take away Sac where he hardly played
Nash should have come off the bench . We were out scored 10 to 40. He should have come off that bench just like Manu. Played 5 minutes stretches, and 10 minute halfs like Manu. He should have play made for that second unit like Manu. Dantoni just doesn't have the balls of Pop and Nash's pride is too big unlike Manus to take one for the team like they tried to force Pau to do early this year. This team has never done well Pau and Nash both starting, but Pau has been the one told to go to the bench and everything else, but its funny we are over 500 with Pau, over 500 with Kobe, over 500 with Metta, over 500 with Blake, over 500 with Dwight, and below 500 with Nash this year