Breathe, Los Angeles Lakers fans. It's just one game.
Albeit a disappointing one. On national television. On Opening Night. Against a Dallas Mavericks team that was missing Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman on account of injury.
To be sure, the scrappy, short-handed Mavs deserve their fair share of credit for stifling the Lakers' star-studded alignment after the first quarter on the way to a 99-91 victory. And, in L.A.'s defense, they'll have 81 games to work out the abundance of kinks that showed up in the preseason and were laid bare on Tuesday night.
Let's not forget either about Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, both of whom put up strong numbers and looked good running a read-and-react offense, as they so often did under Phil Jackson.
Make no mistake about it, though—these Lakers have some significant concerns to address in the weeks and months to come. These five, in particular, will haunt the Purple and Gold, some potentially for the entirety of the 2012-13 NBA season.