Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

Giannis Antetokounmpo's Visceral, Dominating Game 3

by Colin McGowan

Three-point shooting seems muscular now. Except, you know what is actually muscular? Taking it to the goddamn rack. Giannis is awesome at this. Read more »
Suns Show They're At The Top Of Their Good-Good Game With Finals Opening Win

by Colin McGowan

It would be a stretch to say the Bucks need to perfect, or suggest that they could be. They need to be at the top of their good-good game, because that's where the Suns are, that's the register at which we're operating in these Finals. Read more »
Damian Lillard Is Inventing Reasons To Leave Portland Instead Of Sticking With The Obvious One

by Colin McGowan

Damian Lillard is trapped by his own myth- the loyal one, the fierce underdog- and attempting to square his actual desires with what he thinks he should be, for other people. Read more »
The Abyss Between Ben Simmons And His Potential

by Colin McGowan

Ben Simmons is not subtle or syncopated. He is simply quiet. Powerful nerves, a lack of understanding, whatever it is. Read more »
Maybe Next Year Nikola Jokic Will Have Something More Than An MVP

by Colin McGowan

Nikola Jokic is confounding, and six years into making work what seems like it shouldn't, his coronation is us coming into a still somewhat baffled understanding of his genius. How wonderful it is that such a weird player is so effective. Straight up dominant. Read more »
The Playoffs Have Entered A Disorienting Space

by Colin McGowan

For the first time in a long while, the title race is wide open, without even familiar laundry to look for. Read more »
Anthony Davis Satisfies Our Morbidity

by Colin McGowan

Anthony Davis can be dominant, brilliant, unstoppable, invaluable. But we have also seen him tumble over and over and over. Read more »
The NBA's Misguided Midseason Tournament Fantasy

by Colin McGowan

Billionaires have their own ideas about what's tacky and what might severely compromise the quality of play, but their taste is all that separates the league from becoming a total cash-grabby farce. Read more »
Kobe, KG, Duncan And The Recession Into The Past

by Colin McGowan

The guys that go into the Hall of Fame precede the current crop of players by a generation or several and their accomplishments have begun to acquire the smell of warehoused memorabilia. Read more »
The Jazz, Suns Will Soon Get To Decide For Themselves What They Are

by Colin McGowan

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

by Colin McGowan

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

by Colin McGowan

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 »
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 »
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