By Bryan Toporek

Bryan Toporek is a contributor at The Basketball Writers. He's also a Quality Editor for Bleacher Report, co-hosts The NBA Podcast and contributes at FanSided and elsewhere. He still trusts the Process.

PODCAST: Key Injuries Piling Up & How to Fix the Knicks

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss who’s to blame for the New York Knicks’ miserable start and the impact of injuries to Gordon Hayward, Khris Middleton and De’Aaron Fox. Is head coach David Fizdale the primary culprit for the Knicks’ 2-8 start? How much blame do…

Andrew Wiggins Might Not Be a Lost Cause After All

As one of the few remaining residents on Andrew Wiggins Island, the value of my beachfront property is skyrocketing after the start of the 2019-20 season. Through 10 games, Wiggins is averaging career highs in points (25.5), field-goal percentage (47.3), assists (3.3), made three-pointers (2.2) and blocks (1.1), even though he’s playing only 0.2 minutes…

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Portland Trail Blazers’ Frontcourt Has Reached Crisis Levels

After making a surprising run to the Western Conference Finals last season, the Portland Trail Blazers may be in danger of missing the playoffs entirely this year. They have their injury-ravaged frontcourt to blame for that. Starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered compound leg fractures in March, and general manager Neil Olshey told reporters in September…

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Yeah, Let’s Just Blame David Fizdale for NY Knicks’ Endless Dysfunction

To absolutely no one’s surprise—outside of Madison Square Garden, anyway—the New York Knicks are a complete and total tire fire only 10 games into the 2019-20 season. After ruining Kristaps Porzingis’ #RevengeGame on Friday with a 106-102 win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Knicks returned home two days later only to get blown out by…

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PODCAST: Which NBA Surprises Are Here to Stay?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss which early-season surprises will last and which will regress to the mean. Are the Phoenix Suns… good? Can Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis keep the Dallas Mavericks in the playoff race? Did Ryan Saunders fix Andrew Wiggins? Who’s fueling the…

Can Trae Young Keep Atlanta Hawks Afloat Through John Collins’ Suspension?

Tuesday brought both great and awful news for the Atlanta Hawks. On one hand, second-year guard Trae Young returned from the ankle sprain he suffered against the Miami Heat last week to guide Atlanta to an upset win over the San Antonio Spurs. He finished with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-23 shooting, 13 assists…

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PODCAST: Which NBA Teams Should be Worried After Slow Starts?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss which teams should be concerned about their slow start to the 2019-20 NBA season. Should the Portland Trail Blazers be worried about their frontcourt in the wake of Zach Collins’ shoulder injury? How concerned should the Sacramento Kings be? What’s…

Stephen Curry’s Broken Hand Shouldn’t Cause Warriors to Tank, Right?

Remember when I urged everyone not to panic about the Golden State Warriors’ slow start to the 2019-20 season? About that. On Wednesday, superstar guard Stephen Curry broke the second metacarpal in his left hand, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. He underwent surgery Friday and will be re-evaluated in three months, according to Shams Charania…

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