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: Game 5 Previews for All NBA Second-Round Series

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) preview all four Game 5s for the second round of the 2019 NBA playoffs. Are the Boston Celtics drawing dead against the Milwaukee Bucks? Do the Houston Rockets have a real shot to topple the Golden State Warriors? How can the…

The Sixers Need More from Ben Simmons

Joel Embiid woke up Sunday morning feeling like death. The Philadelphia 76ers star center texted head coach Brett Brown after a sleepless night and said he was unsure whether he’d be able to suit up for Game 4 in his team’s second-round series against the Toronto Raptors. Although he gutted it out and finished a…

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Can Gersson Rosas Fix the Minnesota Timberwolves?

The Minnesota Timberwolves took the first step toward relevance Wednesday, hiring Houston Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas as their new team president, according to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Timberwolves are coming off a turbulent 2018-19 campaign, highlighted by Jimmy Butler’s early-season trade demand and the midseason firing of team president/head coach…

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PODCAST: What’s Next for Thunder, Jazz, Nets and Magic

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) bid farewell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic. How can the Thunder build a contender around Russell Westbrook? Should the Jazz be looking to move on from Ricky Rubio? Should the Nets match a max…

Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors Face Mutual Matchup Nightmare

Regular-season matchups rarely predict how playoff series will unfold. Just ask the Oklahoma City Thunder, who swept the Portland Trail Blazers this year only to get buried in a barrage of Damian Lillard 3-pointers in their first-round series. But the regular-season results between the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers are especially meaningless heading into their…

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PODCAST: East 2nd-round Preview; Worrying about Warriors?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) preview the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and discuss whether it’s time to be worried about the Golden State Warriors. If Kawhi Leonard shuts down Ben Simmons, how can the Philadelphia 76ers get their offense going? Where will the…

Yes, L.A. Clippers Are Now a Premier Free-Agent Destination

Although the Clippers’ season appears likely to end as soon as Wednesday evening, their inspired playoff run has solidified them as this summer’s premier free-agent destination. Don’t believe me? Imagine you’re a top-tier NBA free agent this summer and you want to play in Los Angeles. Now, consider the following pitches: Los Angeles Lakers: “Well,…

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PODCAST: What’s Next for Pistons, Hornets, Pacers and Heat

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) say farewell to the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets. Are Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis compatible long term or Indy? Should the Pistons consider trading Andre Drummond and/or Blake Griffin this summer? How can the Heat dig…

Ignited by Jared Dudley Feud, Ben Simmons Finds New Level

After a Game 1 no-show, Ben Simmons was the best player on the court in Games 2 and 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets. With All-Star center Joel Embiid hobbled by ongoing knee tendinitis, Simmons dropped an 18-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound triple-double in Game 2 and erupted for 31 points,…

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PODCAST: Deep Dives on Blazers-Thunder, Sixers-Nets, Nuggets-Spurs

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) do deep dives into the three most competitive first-round series so far before touching on the remaining five matchups. Which version of Russell Westbrook should the Oklahoma City Thunder expect moving forward? Should Jared Dudley or Jimmy Butler face additional discipline…