Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

The Blankness Of The Clippers' Soul Exploded Again At The Worst Possible Time

by Colin McGowan

Sep 16, 2020 5:56 PM

The Clippers anesthetized themselves against failure before it happened rather than afterwards. But what is on the other side of their schadenfreude? Whose good time has been ruined? Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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The End Of Toronto's Laudable Title Defense

by Colin McGowan

Sep 12, 2020 11:19 PM

Toronto took two steps back when Kawhi exited, but still flourished, nearly every player on the roster improving to compensate for a loss they couldn't totally overcome. They did their job; they'll realize that once this fresh failure stops smarting. Read more »

Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA

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The Bucks Are Now In Giannis Limbo

by Colin McGowan

Sep 9, 2020 3:24 PM

The Bucks will stew in professional failure, consider what went wrong and what might get worse, in the coming year. After that period of unpleasant reflection, they can dream about what might improve, because that's a possibility too. Giannis is still in Milwaukee. Read more »

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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NBA Players Announced Themselves Sane, Now The Drudgery Starts

by Colin McGowan

Maybe it merely appears that we are always at a start, because there is always so much left to do. If the players begin with and continually return to the outrage they had last week, they can't go wrong. Read more »
Nobody Knows For Sure What The 76ers Can Fix

by Colin McGowan

There's a fine line between persistence and stubbornness. Being able to tell one from the other, that's where the money is. Read more »
Lakers, Bucks And The Fragile Endeavor Of A Title Run

by Colin McGowan

The number one seeds in each conference appear to be taking the circuitous route to the peaks they'll need to find in later rounds. There's time for that, but it's far from abundant. Read more »
T.J. Warren Isn't This But He Deserves Some Overdue Adulation

by Colin McGowan

As out of his mind as he's been, T.J. Warren's recent performances are a logical extension of what he's become over the past couple seasons and what he's been for considerably longer than that. Read more »
Longform Zion Williamson Is On Hold

by Colin McGowan

The reasons the Pelicans have given for restricting Zion Williamson's minutes are not the explanation your basketball-starved brain wants to hear. The sensible option is rarely the fun one. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Slumping Towards Charlotte

by Colin McGowan

Expansion franchises usually feel weird and fake for a while, because they are, but eventually over time become ordinary and identifiable- something with a history, something you know. The Hornets lack that familiarity, even with 16 seasons and counting in the rearview. Read more »
The NBA Is Doing Its Punctilious Best Carrying Out A Mistaken Assumption

by Colin McGowan

The NBA's return is the product of a bunch of people who love basketball trying to figure out how to bring it back, drafting proposals as thick as infrastructure bills. Read more »
Dwight Howard Remains The Same Even During His Time Of Personal Growth

by Colin McGowan

Dwight Howard means well, but he unfortunately can't be relied upon to say the right things for more than a few days- or even a few sentences- in a row. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Ray Allen Drains It From Everywhere

by Colin McGowan

Ray Allen's ahead-of-its-time talent early in his career was one of the most dynamic players the league has ever seen, someone equally comfortable running off screens like Reggie Miller, pulling up like Kobe, or lunging at the rim like McGrady. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Michael Finley Belongs

by Colin McGowan

Michael Finley wasn't going to be Jordan, or really anything like Jordan. But at 24, 25, 26, his career was still a splintering branch of possibility. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Free Agency Peaks

by Colin McGowan

In the mid-to-late 90s, player movement among young players exploded when the NBA abolished restricted free agency. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Tim Duncan Feels Ageless

by Colin McGowan

Tim Duncan was not actually a computer program; we had been discussing him in metaphor. He was a guy, an extraordinarily talented and temperate guy, choosing to put in the work and make all the right decisions. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Damon Stoudamire Submits His Sample

by Colin McGowan

Damon Stoudamire was successfully scolded into becoming what other people wanted him to be. Hopefully, though few in the media thought to ask, this is what he wanted for himself too. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Josh Howard Tells A Joke

by Colin McGowan

When Josh Howard was caught on camera making a tossed-off remark about the national anthem in 2008, the reaction was lazy umbrage-taking and recrimination. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Shawn Kemp Blows Up

by Colin McGowan

Shawn Kemp obviously delighted in throwing down dunks, but he was wary of the perception that he was a one-dimensional player. The depressing aspect of this is that he truly was more than a dunker. You only had to watch his games to discover as much. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Andris Biedrins Loses It

by Colin McGowan

You could do a lot worse than Andris Biedrins at the five. For a time, anyway, before he became a mental wreck and literally forgot how to pick up a ball and toss it in the general direction of the rim. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Josh Smith Pulls Up

by Colin McGowan

Josh Smith was damn good, all things considered, but so frequently and heavily lamented that he became more closely associated with his poor decisions than his broad range of talents. Read more »