OAKLAND, Calif. -- Put the search for parade routes on hold.
Wait, that was the coach of L.A.'s other team?
Well, whatever optimism was taken from the Lakers' season-opening stunner over the Clippers can be temporarily shelved. On Wednesday, the Lakers looked more like the team preseason projections had them slotted as, which is to say less of a team.
"How long ago did we play the Clippers?" Coach Mike D'Antoni asked, following a 125-94 loss in the Golden State Warriors home opener at Oracle Arena.
Oh, if time could only be measured in 3-pointers.
With Steve Nash on the bench for the second end of the back-to-back, the Lakers could only watch as the Warriors shot 53.5 percent from the field, including 15 of 27 on 3-point shots.
And while the Lakers were far from the team of one night before, they might have faced an impossible task in trying to stop the Warriors' Klay Thompson, the former Santa Margarita High star.
"Give him credit," D'Antoni said, "that was one of the best shooters I've seen in a long time. That was good."
The Lakers could not overcome a career-high 33 points from Thompson, who was 15 of 19 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers.
"You let them get off early," Nick Young said, "get that confidence going and there's no stopping a team that lives for the 3-point shot and run and gun."
Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry led the Lakers with 14 points apiece.
It wasn't as if the Warriors were full of surprises. The teams met three times in the preseason, with the Lakers winning once.
By the end of the first quarter, Thompson had already made 6 of 7 shots, while the Lakers collectively limped to a 7-of-25 start.
NASH SITS IT OUT
Steve Nash watched the Lakers' first loss of the season precisely the same way he enjoyed the finest moments of their season-opening romp over the Clippers a night earlier.
On the bench.
But wherein the Lakers opener he was kept off the floor by a spirited effort from the group of backups, this time it was by nagging injuries and concerns that playing back-to-back nights could prove a long-term liability for the aging veteran.
Throughout the preseason, Coach Mike D'Antoni publicly kicked around the idea of resting Nash for one game of each back-to-back this season -- the Lakers have 18 left after Wednesday -- but by game time, there didn't appear to be much doubt about the plan.
"He's at the stage of his career where we need to move it along slowly and make sure that as we move forward he's ready to go all year, D'Antoni said. "We don't want any setbacks early and so we're just being overly cautious. He could go tonight, but we decided it's the best way to go for now."
Nash did not speak to the media before the game.
In the 116-103 victory over the Clippers, Nash played 21 minutes. Afterward, he and D'Antoni indicated the light workload could mean another start.
Nash said, "I would imagine I can play tomorrow," but being able to play and deciding it's a good idea proved to be different things at the beginning of an 82-game season.
"We could re-evaluate that after a couple games or whatever, see how it goes or how he feels in December," D'Antoni said. "But this early we just think that this is the best for him right now and the team."
In Nash's absence, Steve Blake started with Jodie Meeks at shooting guard. Blake started Tuesday's opener at 2-guard alongside Nash.
The Lakers play back-to-back games three times in November, including games in Dallas and New Orleans on Nov. 7 and 8.
"(Nash) wants to play," D'Antoni said. "But he also understands that he needs to be cautious, he understands it's the best way to go."
History will remember the 3:08 mark of the Lakers' April 12 win over the Warriors as the frozen moment in time when Kobe Bryant fell, tore his Achilles' tendon then somehow made his way to the free-throw line to make two shots.
For Warriors coach Mark Jackson, it's that and something else.
After the Warriors inbounded the ball, the Lakers took a foul to stop the clock and get Bryant out of the game. On Wednesday, Jackson said he wished he called timeout instead as a courtesy to injured Bryant.
"I never said this," Jackson said, "but I have one regret being a head coach in this league. If I would have known that Kobe Bryant was hurt, I would have called timeout. They would not have had to commit a foul. That's how much respect I have for him."
The Lakers held on to win, 118-116, and sneak into the playoffs.
Told of Jackson's remarks, D'Antoni more or less told the younger coach not to sweat it.
"I didn't know he was hurt at that point, you never know what he had," D'Antoni said.
Asked to relive the sequence, D'Antoni said, "In a way it just showed his heart and his determination but it was just too bad a way to end it."
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