Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jordan Farmar made the game interesting when his deep 3-pointer cut the deficit to 106-103 with 14 seconds remaining. But the Lakers couldn’t climb out of a 22-point hole. Gasol provided 17 points, while Jodie Meeks (19 points), Wesley Johnson (17 points), Kent Bazemore (14 points) and MarShon Brooks hit a flurry of jumpers. Yet, none of them defended, allowing Memphis easily to exceed its 94.8 points per game average.“We don’t have a lot of players over there,” D’Antoni said. “They came into a situation where we’re playing with eight guys.”But the debate still loomed.Gasol believes the Lakers’ defensive issues stem from D’Antoni’s preference for small ball instead of depending on a frontcourt featuring Jordan Hill, Chris Kaman and Robert Sacre. D’Antoni highlighted the superiority his small-ball lineups present plus-minus ratings.“You have to play different,” D’Antoni said. “If you’re overmanned a little bit and try to match up with them, it’s not going to work.”Both D’Antoni and Gasol lamented about the team’s lack of ball movement. That improved against Memphis. But Gasol accused D’Antoni of lacking discipline in holding players accountable for going one-on-one.“I have no idea what he’s talking about,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t know what that has to do with discipline. It has to do with guys trying too hard and guys not really understanding the system totally and not getting ingrained into it.”D’Antoni wasn’t finished.“We want to establish our identity. This is how we want to play and we’re going to get better at it, push the ball and evaluate talent and get better at it,” D’Antoni said. “It’s frustrating to some players. Obviously if you lose playing one way, then (you argue) just play the other way. Well, you can get killed the other way. We go by numbers and feel. We want to establish an identity and not be all over the board every night. Changing something up and matching up with other teams, you don’t want to do that.”Gasol sounded concerned the Lakers’ roster full of castoff players on one-year deals has contributed to an offense that features too many isolation plays. D’Antoni sounded concerned that Gasol’s $19.3 million expiring deal fueled his own frustration. Gasol posted 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting, nine rebounds and four blocks.“When the ball doesn’t share, then your numbers go down and you get frustrated,” D’Antoni said. “The place to do it is in the dressing room among us. We have good guys that will listen and try to get better. That’s all we try to do. Why we open it up to you guys? With all due respect, that I don’t understand.”And that’s why D’Antoni said he addressed the team about these very issues during the Lakers’ film session earlier Wednesday.“We talked to the whole team about ball movement,” D’Antoni said. “The two new guys coming in have had half a practice with us so obviously we have to teach them to buy into the system and get them to understand what we want. It’ll be nice. But they’re playing very hard and giving everything they’ve got, especially on defense.”But where that speech and D’Antoni’s public exchange with Gasol leads to remains anyone’s guess. Gasol has voiced displeasure plenty of times in the past two seasons about not being featured enough under D’Antoni’s system, the coach’s preference for smaller and quicker lineups and last season’s occasional bench role.If nothing else, the bubbling tension added some life to an otherwise dreadful season.“You told me the other day, ‘What are we going to write?’” D’Antoni said. “Well, now there’s your story. We just helped you out.”Eventually, D’Antoni finished answering questions and walked back into the locker room, hoping he’s closer toward cleaning up this mess.“I have a root canal scheduled next week,” D”Antoni joked. “It doesn’t seem so bad now.” MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Just outside the Lakers’ locker room stood Mike D’Antoni, rolling his eyes and looking annoyed.“We want a certain type of basketball and we’re trying to establish that and put everything into it,” D’Antoni said. “Our numbers clearly say that when you spread the floor and move the ball and get up and down the floor, we have a lot better chance to win.”Inside the Lakers’ locker room stood Pau Gasol, visibly irked and audibly frustrated.“If we want to continue to play small, we have to play to that advantage and utilize our quickness,” Gasol said. “If you get outrebounded by 20 rebounds, I don’t care who you are or what you do, it’s not going to work and we’re not going to win.” D’Antoni spoke just before the Lakers’ 108-103 loss Wednesday here at FedEx Forum. Gasol uttered his words following the Lakers’ loss Tuesday to the Indiana Pacers where the Lakers were outrebounded 62-42. The Lakers also talked at the team hotel, but it hasn’t fixed any bottom-line results.Unsurprisingly, the Lakers (19-39) lost their 26th game in their last 32 contests, further solidifying their last-place standing in the Western Conference.Unsurprisingly, Gasol and D’Antoni also remain as far apart as the cities the Lakers traveled on consecutive nights. Gasol sounded upset with D’Antoni’s basketball philosophies. D’Antoni seemed annoyed about Gasol sharing his critiques publicly.“The thing I don’t appreciate is, I think every coach, you keep it in house,” D’Antoni said. “It’s very easy to come over and talk about your frustrations. We’ll try to work something out and figure something out. To go to you guys and do it in the papers, that’s disturbing. I don’t think that’s the way to go. I understand we’re all trying to solve the same problems. So let’s put our head together and do the best we can.”The Lakers showed it hardly matters whether the Lakers go big or small. They remain an injury riddled and talent deprived.