Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

The Jazz, Suns Will Soon Get To Decide For Themselves What They Are

by Colin McGowan

May 12, 2021 1:42 PM

The Jazz and Suns have established themselves as two different types of main character but they're both defined by a kind of improbability, an anxiety about whether or not what they've been so far reflects what they're truly made of. Read more »

Tags: Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, NBA

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It's Not Easy To Be As Good A Coach As Nate McMillan

by Colin McGowan

May 7, 2021 5:19 PM

For all his flaws, Nate McMillan knows basketball and he knows how to treat people. That's not something to be taken for granted. Read more »

Tags: Indiana Pacers, NBA

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Sometimes Russell Westbrook Gets To Be Who He Is In His Imagination

by Colin McGowan

May 4, 2021 5:22 PM

Russell Westbrook does everything so rapidly and all at once that it's hard to make sense of it, so it is fitting that his decline should happen unevenly. Read more »

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards, NBA

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It's Always Better To Try

by Colin McGowan

The Knicks are exploring the outer limits of what a not-great team can do when they play really hard every night. That counts for a lot, especially in a sleepy pandemic season. Read more »
Kevin Love Continues His Checked Out Tour

by Colin McGowan

It is lousy to watch a sulking and thoroughly bummed out former star imposing his dissatisfaction on everyone else, uncaring and unaware. Read more »
Steph Curry's Kobe-In-The-Wilderness Year

by Colin McGowan

Stephen Curry is giving it everything he's got, as if these April games were playoff contests, and it's exciting to see how expansive he can get, how much blank space he can fill. Read more »
The Title Chase Denver Has Had To Put On Ice

by Colin McGowan

If Jamal Murray returns right, and nothing too drastic changes during this spell he's forced to miss, they can pick up right where they left off: in the thick of a championship hunt they just might come out of on top. Read more »
The 'Very Average' Celtics

by Colin McGowan

The Celtics are in trouble, and if it's not inescapable, its persistence does make it harder to escape, game over game, as the subpar performances pile up. Read more »
Aaron Gordon Is The Definition Of A 'Nice' Player, Now He Gets His Chance

by Colin McGowan

When Aaron Gordon is asked to carry a team, he looks terrible. For the first time, he's stepping into a role he might be able to handle. With any luck, he'll soon forget about those All-Star Weekend slights, just like everybody else already has. Read more »
Kyle Lowry Has To Decide What's Most Important To Him, And There's No Wrong Answer

by Colin McGowan

Kyle Lowry was a nomad for most of his 20s, being dealt is nothing new to him, but his career represents an inversion of the typical star's arc. Read more »
The Special Resonance Of Damian Lillard's Discipline

by Colin McGowan

Some extra appreciation is due for the guy who remains engaged as ever. It's been a year of death and debt and lost wages and fissuring sanity. Read more »
Blake Griffin Deserves Some Final Good Memories

by Colin McGowan

Blake Griffin has nothing left to lose, which isn't necessarily the same thing as having nothing left. Read more »
Atlanta's Quest To Play Some Respectable Ball

by Colin McGowan

It's easy to be terrible, and it's easy to be a little bit better than that. It's aspiring to competency that can leave you disappointed, get you fired. Read more »
The Shape Of Ben Simmons's Contribution Doesn't Have To Make Conventional Sense

by Colin McGowan

Maybe it's okay that Ben Simmons isn't going to be a devastating all-around scorer, because he brings to the floor an abundance of other qualities that help you win basketball games. Read more »
Minnesota's New Degree Of Purpose

by Colin McGowan

The timing is odd but Gersson Rosas probably actually wanted Chris Finch instead of Ryan Saunders all along and now they half a weird season left to start figuring out what's next. Read more »
The NBA Will Always Be A Commodities' League

by Colin McGowan

As things are currently set up, franchises have immense control over what players are allowed to do- where they can work, how they work, what they can say, even what they do in their limited spare time. For every James Harden in the league, there's many more Andre Drummonds. Read more »
Finding The Best Use For Your Joy Of The Game

by Colin McGowan

Kevin Garnett is less burdened by his own agenda, lives less firmly in his own fermenting bitterness. And he simply likes the sport more than Shaq does, so he's more apt to hand the younger generation its due. Read more »
The Top Picks From 2020 Are Making Watchable Trouble

by Colin McGowan

The most you can ask of a young player, if they're not immediately awesome as so few are, is for them to illumine new possibilities. Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball are certainly doing that during their young careers. Read more »
John Wall's Redemption Tour

by Colin McGowan

A younger John Wall could have done some serious damage in a league like this. As it stands, the increased spacing and rapid action are helping him do a decent impression of his old self. Read more »
Collin Sexton's Whole Thing Shouldn't Work

by Colin McGowan

The wildness of Collin Sexton's play is becoming more of a stylistic affectation than something you worry about. Read more »