Griffin suffered the injury during Game 3 of Los Angeles’ first-round loss to the Utah Jazz and was ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs. The Clippers eventually lost in seven games.
This is the second straight year Griffin was ruled out for the remainder of the postseason in the first round. He suffered a quad injury during Los Angeles’ series against the Portland Trail Blazers in 2016.
Bill Oram of the Orange County Register noted there is no official recovery time for his return, but the team thinks he will be ready by the 2017-18 preseason.
The question now becomes whether Griffin will be in a Clippers uniform when he is healthy in the preseason. He has an early termination option in his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, per Spotrac, although Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported the “Clippers and Griffin hope to work out a maximum deal.”
Lady Gaga has unleashed her new lyric video for “The Cure,” the surprise single the singer debuted during her headlining Coachella set in April.
The lyric video features Gaga lounging in an all-satin room while the camera floats around, giving the visual a dreamlike quality.
However, the lyrics themselves swirl and twist around the frame, flickering from black to white in seizure-tempting fashion; Gaga fans on social media have noted that – for a lyric video – the words are difficult to read without triggering dizziness.
The one-off single “The Cure” arrived just six months after Gaga released her latest LP Joanne.
For their most recent creation, Project Khan has improved the most accomplished Range Rover ever made, the Range Rover Sport SVR, upgrading the vehicle to “Pace Car” specification.
The front of the Range Rover welcomes an aggressive splitter that enhances functionality, while also maintaining the safety features implemented through the original design. To complement, Project Kahn added wider rear wheel arches and front arches with integrated air dams to frame 23-inch RS alloy wheels. The stealthy Volcanic Rock Satin paint job has then been accented by a rear deck lid spoiler, roof wing and custom color detailing, further enhancing the updated look of the Pace Car edition.
Project Kahn’s in-house craftsmen took on the interior of the Range Rover as well, utilizing hand upholstered seats with quilted and perforated leather, while additional details include vented aluminium pedals and stainless steel door entry sill plates.
Apple customers who have purchased the AirPods are largely satisfied with the wire-free earbuds, according to a new survey conducted by Experian and Creative Strategies.
Of 942 AirPods owners polled, 82 percent said they were “very satisfied,” while another 16 percent said they were “satisfied,” for an overall customer satisfaction score of 98 percent.
At 98 percent satisfaction, Creative Strategies says the AirPods set the record for the highest level of satisfaction for a new product from Apple. For comparison’s sake, the iPhone had a 92 percent customer satisfaction rate in 2007, the iPad had a 92 percent customer satisfaction rate in 2010, and the Apple Watch had a 97 percent customer satisfaction rate in 2015.
Customers were also asked whether or not they would recommend the AirPods to others, and AirPods owners largely said yes, earning the AirPods a Net Promoter Score (explained below) of 75.
We used a standard benchmark question called a Net Promoter Score, which ranks a consumer’s willingness to recommend the product to others. This ranking is on a scale of 0 to 10 with 10 being extremely likely to recommend and 0 being not likely at all to recommend. It was this number that surprised me. Apple’s Net Promoter Score for AirPods came back as 75. To put that into context, the iPhone’s NPS number is 72. Product and NPS specialists will tell you anything above 50 is excellent and anything above 70 is world class.
When asked to explain the ranking they gave, customers used words like magic, fit, sound quality, convenient, love, good sound, and battery life, and cited benefits like the simple pairing process, and the convenience of a wireless experience. Negatives included issues with fit and connectivity.
In a series of general sentiment questions, 82 percent of survey respondents strongly or somewhat agreed that AirPods are their favorite recent Apple product, while 62 percent said they consume more audio with the AirPods. 82.5 percent wanted more control over content, like turning the volume up or changing a song, and 84 percent said that using one AirPod makes sense in certain situations.
Apple’s AirPods, priced at $159, first went on sale in October, but are still hard to track down even today. Current shipping estimates suggest orders placed today will not arrive for six weeks, while in-store pickup estimates offer June 20 as the earliest possible pickup date.
I usually walk when I pray. For me, it’s practical: I concentrate better and don’t fall asleep. It’s also allegorical: a frequent biblical metaphor of the life of faith is “walking with God” (Genesis 5:4; Deuteronomy 11:22; Colossians 1:10).
I was prayer-walking recently when Micah 6:8 came to mind with the kind of sharp clarity that often proves to be the prompting of the Spirit. I pulled it up on my phone app and read it:
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:6–8)
Two words stopped my in my tracks: “Love kindness.” The imperative scanned my heart like a searchlight. Do I really love kindness? Or do I mainly love the idea of kindness? I frequently pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” (Psalm 139:23). He was taking me up on my invitation.
This heart examination continued and spread through the rest of verse: Do I really “do justice”? Or do I mainly affirm the idea of justice? Is my "doing justice" mainly "not doing injustice" myself, but rarely pursuing justice for others?
Micah 6:8 exposes me: I can love abstract ideas of justice and kindness, and neglect their concrete expression. It admonishes me: I cannot “do justice” or “love kindness” without loving real people. It humbles me, which is just what the Doctor ordered, if I’m really ready to walk with him.
My flesh would prefer the command to, “Love justice.” Phrased that way, justice subtly becomes more abstract, and it’s always easier to affirm what’s abstract than perform what’s concrete.
For example, if asked, virtually everyone will say they love justice. But probe into how someone is specifically doing justice, and conversations turn awkward quickly. It’s much easier to “love justice” than to “do justice.” It’s much easier to rant against injustice than to take meaningful action to stop it. Ranting costs us little to nothing. Doing justice makes personal, time-consuming, heart-rending demands on us.
That’s why when people asked John the Baptist what repentance looked like, his answers were things such as, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none,” or, “Collect no more [taxes] than you are authorized to do,” or, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your [soldiers’] wages” (Luke 3:11–14). Feeling conviction over sin and getting dunked in water was good, but it wasn’t enough. The heart is deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9). Real heart transformation would be revealed in tangible, sacrificial acts of justice.
Loving the idea of justice is cheap. But doing justice almost always requires loving a vulnerable or oppressed person in a way that is personally costly to us. True love is not cheap, so God tests our hearts by making justice concrete, something we must do.
When it comes to kindness, God flips this around and commands us to “love kindness,” not “do kindness.” Why? Because the command to “love kindness” has the same heart revealing effect as the command to “do justice.”
My flesh would prefer (only slightly) the command to read, “Do kind things.” In this case, commanding action rather than affection is a bit more manageable and measurable (particularly when measured against others).
But the command to “love kindness” pierces to the heart of things. This is far more demanding than merely doing kind things, which can easily be reduced to “occasional kind acts.” Loving kindness demands a deep structure heart orientation that shapes all our actions.
This command is also abstraction-resistant. Loving kindness is a kind of loving, for “love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4). And we can’t love kindness without loving people. We might be able to get away with telling others we love justice without doing much justice. But it’s very difficult to get away with saying we love kindness if others know us to often be harsh, defensive, self-centered, impatient, irritable, critical, or willing to step on people to get our way.
We wear our love of kindness (or lack of it) on our sleeves.
And like doing justice, loving kindness is costly. It almost always requires loving people in ways that place their needs and preferences ahead of our own. We can’t love kindness and love selfishness at the same time. So, God tests our hearts by making kindness not merely things we do, but something we love.
As I stood that day, letting the Spirit shine the searchlight of Micah 6:8 into my heart, recent unkind words, actions, and non-actions flashed through my mind, along with the faces of those who had received my unkindness. I began, and continue, to repent of my failures to love kindness. And as the searchlight has exposed my failures to do justice, I am repenting of that too, and trying to discern what doing justice should look like for me.
The Spirit is using this verse in my heart to fulfill what it commands. He once again has told me what he requires; and in the telling, he is exposing my sin; and in the exposing, he is kindly leading me to repentance (Romans 2:4), and in leading me to repentance, he is teaching me to walk humbly with my God.
Walking humbly with God is to walk in repentance. That’s why Martin Luther said in his first of 95 Theses, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent,’ he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” To walk in repentance is not to walk in condemnation, but in freedom. For the Father so loved us in kindness (Ephesians 2:7), that he sent his only Son to do justice for us (Romans 3:26), in supreme humility (Philippians 2:5–8), that we might have eternal life in which to know and enjoy him (John 3:16; Philippians 3:8–11).
The glorious gospel miracle is that what God requires of us in Micah 6:8, he purchases for us and accomplishes in us. So when the Spirit convicts a Christian of sin, he never condemns (Romans 8:1). His searchlight is redemptive. He exposes us only to break the power of cancelled sin and set us increasingly free to walk as Christ walked (1 John 2:26): doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God.
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