The Lakers finished Week 2 with a single, last-second win on Thursday in Houston, dipping to 3-5 on the year.
Starting the week in 10th place in the Western Conference, the Lakers ended Week 2 in 12th.
Part of the issue for the team was a significant shooting slump for the starting guard tandem of Steve Nash and Steve Blake. Nash continued to play through nerve issues that bothered him "almost every day."
Another link to the Lakers' success was the shooting efficiency of Xavier Henry. The team performed relatively well when Henry contributed as a scorer.
D'Antoni moved Chris Kaman into the starting lineup against the Rockets on Thursday, to match up against the size of Dwight Howard and Omer Asik. It took a last-second Steve Blake three-pointer for the Lakers to steal a 99-98 victory in Houston.
With inconsistent play from the Lakers' starting lineup, the team has gotten significant production from its high-scoring bench.
The Lakers enter the season at a disadvantage with All-Star guard Kobe Bryant still recovering from an April 12 Achilles injury.
Complicating matters, the team opened the season with a heavy schedule.
Nash left the game early with back pain -- to be further evaluated by a specialist.
Even with the Lakers struggling, the team still has the second-most expensive tickets in the NBA, on the secondary market.
Former Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford, now head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, was hospitalized on Friday with chest pains. After undergoing a procedure to insert two stents in his heart, he was released and will return to the sidelines shortly.