Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

The Pacers' Ascent And How Our Opinions Are Always Late

by Colin McGowan

Apr 19, 2018 8:20 PM

The Pacers are more legitimate than they were a week ago and in decent position to upset the Cavs, which is remarkable considering the consensus preseason expectations. Read more »

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Toronto Versus A Vulnerable East And Their Own Playoff History

by Colin McGowan

Apr 12, 2018 12:45 AM

The Raptors have convinced no one south of Ontario that this is the year they're making a Finals run because that's not something they can do with even an immensely impressive regular season. Read more »

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The Machine That Makes Legacies

by Colin McGowan

Apr 4, 2018 12:14 PM

We've granted the playoffs argument-settling powers. What transpires during them takes on a hyper-truthful quality. Read more »

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The Ground Floor With Dennis Smith Jr.

by Colin McGowan

Dennis Smith's rookie year stands out for how typical it is- considerable promise, encouraging developments, lots of tightening and polishing to be done- against the spectacular seasons Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell are having. Read more »
LeBron's Uniquely Impressive Season

by Colin McGowan

LeBron isn't going to add a ring this year. What he's doing instead is delineating, in subtle ways, using the ample blank space the Cavs' roster affords him, what he can do that nobody else can. Read more »
The First Day Of The Rest Of Markelle Fultz's Life

by Colin McGowan

Markelle Fultz received the sweet yet mortifying Worst Kid On The Little League Team treatment from an arena full of Sixers fans who nine months ago thought he was going to turn their franchise into OKC Mk. II. Read more »
The Sincerity And Importance Of The NBA's Mental Health Movement

by Colin McGowan

Because sports are a massive cultural force and the developments within them impact other corners of American life, the benefits of the mental health movement of the NBA will be manifold. Read more »
Kemba Walker Held Captive By Circumstance, By Himself

by Colin McGowan

How often does Kemba Walker get existential? Read more »
The Knicks Remain A Rudderless Mess

by Colin McGowan

This Knicks season has been a long, thoughtless hangover. They flail ineffectually with no broader vision in place to give even the flailing some meaning. Read more »
The Entertaining As Hell Tournament Proposal Wouldn't Fix Tanking

by Colin McGowan

Why would any bad teams deviate from their plan in order to compete in a tournament that gives them, as a prize, the low playoff seed and first-round whooping they decided, before the season even started, not to chase? Read more »
Donovan Mitchell's Limiting Nostalgia

by Colin McGowan

Donovan Mitchell gave his take on a master's work and came up wanting. His Vince interpretation was meh, but his imagination let him down before he stepped onto the court. Read more »
The Difficulty Of Being In The LeBron James Business

by Colin McGowan

LeBron James realized that he is the most powerful person in the NBA, and while he can't control everything that's said about him, he can control how he's treated by everyone he works with. Read more »
How Tanking Has Cultivated The NBA's Excellent Middle Class

by Colin McGowan

We're currently in the midst of one of the best regular seasons in recent memory because the NBA has a deep and fascinating middle class, and that middle class is built on the backs of this year's particularly robust group of tankers. Read more »
The Gift Of The Blake Griffin Trade

by Colin McGowan

These are two teams shaking things up if not only for the sake of it, then certainly for no great purpose. Read more »
The Surprising Failure Of Jason Kidd

by Colin McGowan

The most dispiriting aspect of Jason Kidd's foundering coaching career is the reminder that certain gifts die with the people who possess them. Read more »
The NBA's Deep Middle Class Emerges

by Colin McGowan

Beneath the two now long-tenured conference kings who have eased into a stale rivalry, we have a glut of interesting teams this year. Read more »
Out Of Time With Lou Williams

by Colin McGowan

The scoring bench guard, eternal Sixth Man of the Year candidate, is out of vogue. But here's Lou Williams having a career year. Read more »
The Bulls' Surge And The Conundrum Of Tanking Franchises

by Colin McGowan

These wins are hurting the Bulls' chances of ever becoming more than improbably competent. Most modern fans understand that if their team is one of the six or seven worst in the NBA, they might as well be the absolute worst. Read more »
The Quandaries Replay Review Presents Us With

by Colin McGowan

If some things are reviewable, it begins to seem like everything should be. Because we could come really close to legislating games perfectly. Read more »
We're Here For The Unpleasantness Of The NBA All-Star Draft On TV

by Colin McGowan

Why is the NBA leaning toward keeping the All-Star draft off-camera? It has to do with a peculiar squeamishness all massive corporations have toward conflict and risk. Read more »