Davis didn't play down the stretch of that game either, when the Hornets made that huge comeback. It was the same crunchtime lineup as a few nights ago, minus Rivers.
What killed the Hornets that game was Rivers on Kobe. It was an automatic double team which led to open shots. Perhaps that spooked the coaches. But Rivers on Kobe (even if Gordon was out) isnt any better than Davis on Howard.
But what is most alarming is the stubborn refusal to change things that arent working in both games.
At least try something to force the Lakers out of their rhythm. Might not work, but its better than watching them score off the same play over and over and over again.
Hopefully Monty learns from this and can make better adjustments next time