Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

The Peculiar Art Of Wearing You Out

by Colin McGowan

Apr 28, 2017 11:25 AM

What the Grizzlies have sketched out over these past seven years is more significant than any title may have been. They have delineated a beautifully realistic model for living by giving meaning to the words Grit & Grind. Read more »

Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, NBA

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The Sudden, Before Expected Rise Of Giannis

by Colin McGowan

Apr 26, 2017 10:53 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo is about as good as we ever get, in terms of living up to the visions in our heads, in part because he's taken off before we could get too clear a picture. Read more »

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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Cavs As Doomed-Seeming Favorites Of The East

by Colin McGowan

Apr 18, 2017 11:06 AM

We have always known the Cavs are sort of screwed up- or, put another way, that they're more excellent than optimized. Predicting their path is folly; they're defined by their inability to hew to any set course for long. Read more »

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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A Simple Defense Of The Triple-Double

by Colin McGowan

The points-rebounds-assists construction lacks many descriptive elements, but what it lacks in nuance it makes up for with a kind of beautifully crude legibility. Besides, Westbrook's six-month immolation of the NBA has primarily been about the joy and terror it has produced. Read more »
Preparing Ourselves To Wring Meaning Out Of The First Round

by Colin McGowan

There's a strong chance the lower seeds will be swiftly decapitated by their betters and we don't think about them again until the offseason. But the amount of basketball we have left no longer seems infinite and we should treasure what remains. Read more »
No One Can Take Our MVP Debates From Us

by Colin McGowan

If you can get beyond the bromides of the rudimentary who-ya-got MVP discussions that abound, there is the democratic nature of them. Read more »
Player Rest And Needlessly Caring About The NBA As A Saleable Good

by Colin McGowan

This rest predicament is a compelling argument for capitalism's counterproductiveness. The NBA could be more enjoyable to watch, but it will choose to be more profitable instead. Read more »
Larry Sanders' Comeback On His Own Terms

by Colin McGowan

Building his life around basketball was hurting Larry Sanders. Like a lot of tall, springy dudes, he was recruited into the sport because of his natural gifts, not because he spent his adolescence dreaming of becoming David Robinson. Read more »
When Reggie Jackson Realizes What He Can't Do

by Colin McGowan

Reggie Jackson is excellent at nothing and deficient enough as a shooter that good defenses can smother him. He's fine, in other words- a member of the fraternal order of point guards whose teams are always open to replacing them. Read more »
The Accidental Gift Of JaVale McGee

by Colin McGowan

Whether JaVale continues to draw Shaq's guffawing ire or not, he will go on playing in his blunted, unwieldy, long-limbed way, producing anti-highlights for the ages. It's not an argument or a performance or even particularly conscious. It is just what he does. Read more »
Magic Johnson's Belief In Laker Exceptionalism When It Matters Less

by Colin McGowan

A return to some imagined essential Lakers-ness will not save the Lakers: competence will. Read more »
Boogie's Liberation From The Chaos Of Sacramento

by Colin McGowan

Even if the relationship was difficult at times, the Kings made a lot of money off DeMarcus Cousins. That franchise value ticks ever-upward. Boogie, meanwhile, suffered in a hell that was mostly the Kings' creation. Read more »
Russell Westbrook's Beautifully Useless Masterpiece Against KD's Decision

by Colin McGowan

The moment where Russell Westbrook shouted at Kevin Durant with the Thunder down 18 points perfectly explains his season. He's overmatched, brilliant, pushing too hard, and permanently incensed. Read more »
The Low-Stakes Gift Of The NBA Regular Season

by Colin McGowan

The Wizards played beautifully and very nearly beat the Cavs. They learned what they needed to learn about themselves. What they provided in the process was wonderful to watch and about as purely useful as sports get. Read more »
LeBron James Finally Doesn't Seem To Care

by Colin McGowan

LeBron doesn't forget himself around journalists, and one of the first words in his outburst was legacy, but it's confirmation that being LeBron James is as constantly aggravating as it looks from a distance. Read more »
Carmelo Anthony Need Not Heed Our Desires

by Colin McGowan

Athletes do what's best for themselves and we deal with the consequences of those decisions. We get Carmelo Anthony wasting his supreme, waning talent on a spiraling Knicks team, alternately engaged and checked out, relishing crunchtime duty and the off-court benefits of his job. Read more »
Here's To The NBA's Big, Vibrant And Fascinating Middle Class

by Colin McGowan

Splendidly and unexpectedly, this season has been characterized by a jubilant disregard for the facts and nearly the entire league giving themselves over to the joy of figuring out just how good they can be, no matter if that's good enough. Read more »
A Future For Derrick Rose If He Realizes His Own Limitations

by Colin McGowan

If there's one thing we understand about Derrick Rose after all he's been through-and put us through-it's that he doesn't see himself the way the rest of the world does. But he can't get away with that for much longer. Read more »
The Final NBA Days Of Rajon Rondo

by Colin McGowan

All that's left from when Rajon Rondo was dominating games in ways that weren't totally comprehensible is his ego and his rage, and he's in some sense defined by that. Read more »
Enduring The Holidays With The NBA's Best Rivalry

by Colin McGowan

There's the impenetrable small talk of the holidays and there's the pleasure of two great basketball teams pushing each other, a game-winning fadeaway jumper from the elbow as the clock ticks down, a tense bungled last-second out-of-bounds set. Read more »