Star Struck Players | Injuries , Suspensions and Load Management (The Baseline NBA Podcast)

The Baseline is back with another jam-packed show discussing a wild start in the NBA season. On this week’s show topics include:

The Breakdown (2:52)

A few NBA players have started on the struggle bus. When we will see these players return to form after an unexpected slow starts?
Nikola Jokic: The MVP candidate has hit two game-winners and still has solid numbers but clearly is overweight and reduced points per game.
CJ McCollum: After securing the bag with a three-year extension he’s in the midst of another slow start.
Lauri Markkanen: It is supposed to be a season where he averages nearly 20 & 10 but the Bulls pecking order has him searching for shots.
Mike Conley: He’s supposed to be the upgrade the Utah Jazz have needed for years but he’s averaging a career-worst assist average in addition to major struggles from the field
Jaren Jackson Jr.: The Grizzlies hope to build on the chemistry between he and Ja Morant but his ability to stay on the floor is hindering development.
Terry Rozier: Efficiency is still a problem even in a new location and while the Hornets have performed better than expected, Rozier is getting outplayed by his backup Devonte’ Graham

The Drop (42:30)

Missing in action…the NBA’s list of inactive players due to injuries, suspension, and load management has reached a frustrating level for fans and the business of the league. Does the league need to try and step-in? What will be the solution as the players try to find balance? We discuss:
John Collins, DeAndre Ayton and Dion Waiters (suspensions)
Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Ben Simmons (injuries)
Kawhi Leonard, Kristaps Porzingis and Paul George (load management)

Coast to Coast (56:20)
Damian Lillard drops 60 and D’Angelo Russell drops 52, both career highs in losses.
Blake Griffin returning for the Pistons
Rajon Rondo to make his debut for the Lakers

Warren is a seasoned NBA writer and co-host of The Baseline NBA podcast. He is currently a contributing writer at CloseUp360 and the founder of His previous work includes time with Dime Magazine, Yahoo Sports and Celtics Life.

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