Mike D'Antoni referred to the game of basketball Sunday morning using the words good, fun and beautiful ... when the ball moves around an offense.
The coach has been waiting for his Lakers to show better ball movement on a consistent basis. Even the return of Steve Nash didn't spark the sharing that D'Antoni expected, and D'Antoni is aware of a groundswell of desire for Nash, one of the best in NBA history in shooting accuracy, to shoot more.
To that point, D'Antoni said before the game: "If the ball moves, he will."
D'Antoni said Nash gets in trouble if he tries to go one on one — and Kobe Bryant gets in trouble if he tries to go one on two or one on three. But in the Lakers' past two victories, Bryant has been looking to set teammates up after leading the NBA in scoring most of the season.
"That tells you how great he is," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "He can do so many different parts of the game. Most guys can't do it all, and he's one of the few guys in this league that can do it all. He can have big rebounding games, he can have big passing games and obviously he can have 81-point games."
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