Starting Five: Time to panic?

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Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.

1: Lakers fall again

Is now the time to panic, Lakers? No. It is only three games. Still the feeling that Los Angeles would come together and simply make it work is gone and questions are arising after a month with the offense and working together whether this team can go up against the rest of the NBA.

In the Los Angeles showdown the Lakers struggled to get their offense going once again in a 105-95 loss to the Clippers. Sure, Kobe Bryant had 40 points but no one else had 20 with Dwight Howard scoring only 13 for the Lakers.

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/ZimbioMaybe it was not the offense though. The Lakers shot 50 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Clippers. Twenty turnovers though can do any team in. Having Steve Nash in the lineup clearly still matters as the Lakers struggle with bench production.

The Clippers do not have that problem. Jamal Crawford had another big game off the pine with 21 points and three steals, he is fitting in nicely with the Clippers.

Are the Lakers going to go back to the drawing board? Perhaps things will be simplified. But something is clearly not going acording to plan so far.

2:  Seriously, time to panic?

The place where there really might be a time to panic is in Boston. The Celtics lost to the Bucks 99-88 bringing up questions about the team's defense and offense after struggling on both ends of the floor against the Heat.

Boston is built on its defense, yet Brandon Jennings scored 21 points and Milwaukee hit on better than 45 percent of its shots. The Bucks took control in the second quarter with 21 points and followed it up with 30 in the third quarter.

The Bucks turned the ball over 19 times so it was not like the Celtics were facing an elite team like the Heat or a team that was playing at its best. Boston will be fine too. There is no reason to panic. But it does raise questions, doesn't it?

3:  HIGHLIGHTS!!!

Grievis Vasquez wins it for New Orleans

Harden shines, Teague soars

Carmelo Anthony's big first half buries Heat

4:  Line of the Night:  Kemba Walker 30 points, 10/21 FGs, 9/10 FTs

The Bobcats won only seven games last year. They are six away from tying that mark through one game. Kemba Walker poured in a career-high 30 points and took over the game for Charlotte to get a 90-89 win over Indiana. 

5:  You can quote me on that

Opinions are like buttholes. Everyone's got one… some of them stink.

-Glen Davis on the Magic defying media expectations in a 102-89 win over the Nuggets

We're hitting the panic button now. That what we're supposed to do. That's our job. We're going to push it.

-Kobe Bryant

Philip Rossman-Reich

About Philip Rossman-Reich

Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily

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