Nearly six weeks after officially opening training camp and two months since the Los Angeles Lakers began voluntary team workouts, coach Mike D'Antoni says the team is still trying to figure itself out.

"We got to find our identity," D'Antoni said after practice Monday, a day after giving up 47 first-quarter points to the Minnesota Timberwolves en route to a 113-90 loss. "We don't play slow or fast. We don't do anything with a purpose. We're trying to get that."

The Lakers spent the day examining the loss to the Wolves in a film session -- "More cerebral than physical," D'Antoni said -- as they continue to search for something consistent to rely on with Kobe Bryant sidelined and Steve Nash in and out of the lineup during their 3-5 start to the season.

"We're trying to clarify what playing hard means because sometimes I think it's misconstrued in the press by me, not by you guys," D'Antoni said. "But being able to anticipate what's happening, being mentally alert, they're all trying, but a lot of times, we're like one or two steps behind because we didn't anticipate or get to a spot we needed to to be able to benefit from playing hard, if that makes sense. So, it's not a character issue. It's just a matter of execution."

It's also a matter of who plays. D'Antoni said a lineup change for Tuesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans is "definitely a possibility." D'Antoni said Jodie Meeks would be the logical choice for the starting backcourt if Nash was unable to play. Nash was ruled out later Monday with nerve root irritation in his back and is expected to be sidelined for two weeks.

Pau Gasol said "some issues" during training camp slowed the Lakers' development -- presumably referring to injuries and an exhausting eight-day trip to China -- but did not think D'Antoni's revolving door of rotations has done the team any favors since then.

"We have to figure out our identity and how we want to play, and be consistent with it," Gasol said. "Stick with it, hopefully it works and we stick with it more because when things don't work is when you start wondering and 'maybe I should go this way, I should go the other way.' You can't second-guess yourself.

"You got to make up your mind now and go with what you think is best and stick with it and work from it and build on what we have. Otherwise, if we continue to go back and forth, back and forth, we're never really going to establish it and develop it at the full potential. That's something that the coaching staff also needs to be aware of."