Fire Phil!International trendsetter Zito Madu

  • Am I ... am I finding myself in agreement with this analogy?Wednesday's schedule:Hawks at Wizards, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV (WAS leads 1-0)Thunder at Rockets, 8 p.m. ET, TNT (HOU leads 1-0)Blazers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT (GSW leads 1-0)The NBA broke NBA Live Mobile Coins tiebreakers to settle some draft order issues. The Timberwolves beat the Knicks in the most important one.

     

    Fire Phil!International trendsetter Zito Madu writes that Kawhi Leonard isn't boring; he's ruthless.Steve Ballmer took some time off from being fabulously wealthy and watching the Clippers while chewing on a towel to create a vast treasure trove of government spending and revenue data.Will the Wizards go small — something they've done with success — with Ian Mahinmi out?

     

    Tim Kawakami on the Warriors' long-term salary cap plan.

     

    Take it as gospel coming from T-Dubs.Sam Amick on the analytics debate as it exists in NBA playoff coverage.LeBron's Instagram is the new Hot 97.Eye-opening Kevin Garnett conversation from Jon Krawczynski.Ben Cohen on Patrick Beverley, aka Russell Westbrook's annoying shadow. That's all I need to say. Via REDEF.And finally: Stephen Curry, how could you? I picked the Splash God as my Finals MVP. Unbeknownst to me, he had a GQ photo shoot and (excellent) Andrew Corsello feature in the works.

     

    The good news: no boy band photos with his teammates this here year. The bad news: a $2,000 plaid Armani suit over a $115 Tommy Hilfiger tank top with some Under Armours and no socks all on an airborne, unsmiling Steph means it's about to be Blazers in six after all.