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Ranking the Worst NBA Playoff Collapses of All Time – Bleacher Report

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    There’s a reason the Denver Nuggets’ playoff victories over the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz have garnered such attention. Only 13 teams have ever clawed out of a 3-1 deficit in 257 instances in NBA history, and the Nuggets just did it twice.

    It’s supposed to be an unassailable advantage. Overcoming such odds takes a combination of veteran leadership, Hall of Fame-level play, perhaps a little luck and an opponent’s failure to respond. 

    Much attention and praise can go to the unlikely winner in these instances, but a good deal of criticism needs to be levied at the loser, as playoff failures like this linger more than most. 

    Here are the teams to forfeit a 3-1 advantage in the most heartbreaking fashion, ranked in order of smallest to largest disappointment based on the losing club’s expectations heading into the series.

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    May 20 marked 25 years since Mario Elie’s “kiss of death” finished the Phoenix Suns in a series they appeared nearly certain to win.

    Charles Barkley and his second-seeded Suns lost in seven games to the Houston Rockets in back-to-back seasons after advancing to the NBA Finals in 1993. In each instance, they held 2-0 leads only to drop four of the next five games.

    In 1995, the Suns took a 3-1 lead with two home games remaining. At 32-9 in the regular season, the Suns held a top-five home record. With 59 regular-season wins to Houston’s 47, it appeared the Suns were the stronger team and would avenge their prior postseason loss. 

    It wasn’t enough. 

    Kevin Johnson collected 46 points and 10 assists, while Barkley added 18 points and 23 rebounds in Phoenix’s heartbreaking one-point Game 7 loss. Elie’s late three-pointer plus 58 combined points from Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon proved too much to overcome. 

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    The 1990s New York Knicks famously pushed Michael Jordan to his limits, perhaps more so than any other opponent outside the Bad Boy Pistons. Jordan and the Chicago Bulls ended the Knicks’ season five times from 1989 to 1996. 

    While Jordan impeded Patrick Ewing and the Knicks’ championship aspirations, he wasn’t the only culprit. New York fell to the Rockets in the 1994 NBA Finals despite taking a 3-2 lead (with Jordan playing baseball that year). 

    Three seasons later, the Knicks collapsed, this time at the hands of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. However, it wasn’t their play that failed the Knicks so much as their tempers. 

    Near the end of Game 5, Charlie Ward set a low, continuous boxout of P.J. Brown. Brown responded by flipping him through the air like a wrestler. 

    The ensuing suspensions of Patrick Ewing and Allan Houston in Game 6 followed by Larry Johnson and John Starks in Game 7 was too much for the Knicks to overcome. The Knicks became just the sixth team ever to fall once up 3-1. 

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    Despite losing a nearly insurmountable series lead to the Denver Nuggets, the Utah Jazz deserve a pass.

    They carried the strife created between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell after the big man behaved irresponsibly regarding the coronavirus before the pair tested positive.

    Oh, and the Jazz lost their second-leading scorer and most viable perimeter threat, Bojan Bogdanovic, to a wrist injury before bubble play began. 

    Despite all of this, the Jazz were one desperation Mike Conley three away from advancing to the second round. 

    Allowances aside, the Jazz still gave up a 3-1 advantage to these cardiac Nuggets. Nikola Jokic led the group in Game 7 with 30 points and the winning basket on a turnaround hook shot. The Nuggets held the Jazz to just 78 points in the decisive contest during their third consecutive series with a Game 7 through two seasons. 

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    The Detroit Pistons were nothing more than a plucky upstart before their unlikely surge to a championship in 2004. Advancing past the Toronto Raptors in the 2001-02 Eastern Conference first round was hardly worthy of acclaim. The Canadian franchise had managed just one postseason victory in its history, and this was Detroit’s only series victory dating back to 1991 and the Bad Boy Pistons

    However, the Pistons’ underwhelming performance in dropping to a 3-1 against Tracy McGrady and the Orlando Magic in the 2003 Eastern Conference first round should have led to their elimination. After all, it was the first season in which the seven-game format was introduced in the opening round. In the years prior, the top-seeded Pistons would have been eliminated. 

    Instead, the makings of a future champion were forged as Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Co. crawled back from eradication. Led by Billups’ combined 77 points in Games 6 and 7, the Pistons won this series and the next to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals—where the New Jersey Nets swept them.

    Still, that foundation of responding to adversity would lead to their unlikely upset of the Kobe Bryant– and Shaquille O’Neal-led Los Angeles Lakers one season later. 

    The Pistons’ come-from-behind victory is appreciable, but the manner in which the Doc Rivers-led Magic failed to respond is reprehensible. The Pistons took Game 5, 6 and 7 by a combined 61 points

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    The 73-win Golden State Warriors preceded their legendary Finals collapse with near defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. 

    The Warriors may have held the league’s best-ever regular-season record, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were quietly putting together one of the best playoff performances in history. After conquering the 67-win San Antonio Spurs in the semifinals, the Thunder threw haymaker after haymaker at the Warriors, winning Games 3 and 4 by 52 points. OKC’s combination of bigs and Durant’s rise as a defensive presence stymied the Warriors while the Thunder took a 3-1 lead.

    Then, Klay Thompson responded in Game 6 in Hall of Fame fashion. Thompson and Stephen Curry scored 16 of the Warriors’ final 19 points, while the Warriors held the Thunder to just five over the last five minutes. Thompson finished with 41 points on only 18 shots and hit the game’s final pair of free throws. 

    We highlight Thompson’s efforts, but the Thunder’s inability to score late ultimately damned their championship hopes and what should have been a generational combination. 

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    The Chris PaulBlake Griffin tandem in Los Angeles failed to realize expectations thanks in part to a Western Conference dominated by the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors, and in part to their own playoff shortcomings. 

    Take the 2014-15 semifinals against James Harden, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. In building a 3-1 advantage, the Clippers put the Rockets exactly where they wanted them by winning Games 3 and 4 by a combined 58 points. 

    Responding to a disadvantage like that is commendable on its own, but the way Houston did it was even more noteworthy. Harden and Howard weren’t responsible for the Game 6 win. With a 13-point disadvantage as the fourth quarter began, the Rockets didn’t get a single field goal from the pair. Harden left at the 1:32 mark in the third quarter and didn’t reenter until the final minute of the game. 

    Instead, it was Josh Smith who led the 40-15 fourth-quarter surge with 14 points in the frame. He’d finish with 19 points on just nine shots and a plus-11 mark, with Harden carrying a minus-21. 

    The Clippers held the lead in the game and the series and erased Houston’s best player. It wasn’t enough for Doc Rivers’ squad to avoid collapse, as the Clips dropped Game 6 went on to lose Game 7 by 13 points.

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    The Clippers collapsed against the Nuggets with far less room for excuse than the Jazz. They held the advantage in both wins and star power in this year’s Western Conference semis. Led by two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and the man the Clippers moved heaven and earth to acquire in Paul George, the Clips were heavy favorites, per DraftKings (via Action), to advance to the conference finals even after they dropped Games 5 and 6. 

    Instead, the Clippers became just the 13th team to ever fail after holding a 3-1 lead. 

    A great deal of credit goes to the Nuggets, who faced a Game 7 for the fourth consecutive series, the first ever to do so. Jokic’s prowess was on display as he averaged 24.4 points, 13.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.4 blocks per game during the series. The Clippers had no answer. 

    Jamal Murray’s emergence was the more shocking revelation. Going toe-to-toe with Mitchell is one thing. Outplaying Leonard and George is another thing entirely. 

    Still, enough blame cannot go to the Clippers. They folded again and again in the waning stages of the series. 

    In Game 5, the Clippers led by 13 with just over 13 minutes to play, only to be outscored 44-25 the rest of the way. In Game 6, the Clippers led by 16 points as the third quarter got underway, only for the Nuggets to outscore them 64-35 through the rest of regulation. 

    After L.A. took a seven-point lead early in the third quarter of Game 7, the Nuggets outscored the Clippers 50-28 over the final 23 minutes. L.A. scored just 15 fourth-quarter points. 

    The Nuggets deserve plenty of praise for showing poise in critical moments, but Rivers and his Clippers’ failure to respond should prompt plenty of offseason questions. 

    Stats via NBA.comBasketball ReferenceCleaning the GlassBBall Index and ESPN unless otherwise noted. 

    Preston Ellis covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @PrestonEllis. 

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    LeBron James‘ chase-down block and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ toppling of the 73-win Warriors might be the greatest series comeback in NBA history given Golden State’s previous success and the grand stage on which it occurred. 

    The Warriors were a juggernaut heading into the 2015-16 NBA Finals. It can’t be overstated. Beginning the season 24-0, they never dropped consecutive games in the regular season before giving up three straight to the Cavaliers.

    Their closing unit, which featured two-time NBA MVP Curry as well as future Hall of Famers Thompson and Andre Iguodala, was dubbed the Death Lineup.

    James didn’t care. Despite falling into a 3-1 hole, he and Kyrie Irving combined for 199 points over the final three games to knock off the Warriors. Draymond Green’s one-game suspension and Andrew Bogut’s knee injury are linked to the collapse, but those don’t take away from the accomplishment. The Cavaliers also gave the Warriors a six-game series one season prior in the Finals despite just one combined appearance from Irving and Kevin Love. 

    This championship cemented LeBron’s legacy as one of the greatest ever. However, Curry, Klay, Iguodala and Harrison Barnes’ 45 points on 52 shots in Game 7 should draw plenty of criticism. 

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‘Just the worst’: Novak Djokovic roasted over US Open celebration – Yahoo Sport Australia

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Novak Djokovic said he’d stick with his post-match celebrations even in front of an empty crowd, but some fans weren’t on board with the controversial star’s theatrics. Pictures: US Open/ESPN

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Djokovic was rarely troubled in his 6-1 6-4 6-1 over the Bosnian world no.109, with the latest victory extending his unbeaten run in 2020 to 24 matches.

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The Serbian superstar then proceeded to perform his usual post-match celebration of pushing both arms from his chest into each side of the stadium – although some felt it fell flat without anyone in the stands.

The controversial star said before the tournament that he would continue the celebration even in the absence of the crowd.

“Look, I’m going to keep on doing it because I just – I don’t know. I think it’s part of the routine,” Djokovic said.

“It’s part of also me paying a tribute and a thanks to the match and to the court and to the occasion.”

Many fans weren’t on board with his explanation though, taking to social media to suggest the 33-year-old was ‘just the worst’ and that he was celebrating for an ‘imaginary crowd’.

They should let him have this prerecorded applause even after the pandemic

— Erik Hane (@erikhane) August 31, 2020

That Djokovic celebration is just the worst.

— Tucker Blankinship (@TuckerBlanc) September 1, 2020

Djokovic begging for love from the seats or something.

— DMA (@TennisMajesty) September 1, 2020

The world No.1, who won his fourth title of the year at the Western & Southern Open on Saturday, improved to 24-0 this season with the win.

Afterwards Djokovic insisted: “Do I want to keep the streak going? Of course I do. But am I thinking about it as a priority every single day? No.

“But it’s there, it’s an additional motivation for me and it fuels me to play even stronger and even better and play to the right intensity in every match.”

Next up for Djokovic is Briton Kyle Edmund, who defeated Alexander Bublik in four sets earlier in the day.

Djokovic win follows breakaway controversy

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In a stunning move after the Southern & Western Open the players confirmed the emergence of the PTPA with a photo standing together.

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‘It’s surreal in the worst possible way’: Kenosha reels after Jacob Blake shooting and a week of violence – USA TODAY

KENOSHA, Wis. – It looks like Miami before a hurricane, only the plywood has gone up after the storm of rage, violence and fire has already come through.

This is Uptown, late Friday morning, as a crew of volunteers decorate the plywood sheets, bringing color and light to a stretch of the city where you can still pick up an acrid scent of smoke.

Jasmine and Victoria Fields, sisters born, raised and educated in Kenosha, are working outside a shop set between what was once a bridal store and a payday loan office.

The Fields sisters are painting a heart, inscribed with the words, “Justice for Jacob.”

“So surreal to see Kenosha, Wisconsin, to see that on the news,” said Jasmine. “To see pro athletes tweet about it. To see the Milwaukee Bucks do what they did. It’s surreal in the worst possible way. But I hope it brings about overdue change.”

An American Tragedy is unfolding in yet another city.

What began Aug. 23 shortly after 5 p.m. as a police call for a domestic incident has spiraled into yet another reckoning on race and policing during the heat of an election season in which the country’s divisions have been laid bare.

The shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, by a white Kenosha police officer was captured on video by a bystander. The shouts, shots and images went viral.

There were protests. And unrest.

Late Tuesday night, two men were killed and another man was wounded. A 17-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, Kyle Rittenhouse, who was carrying an AR-15, faces criminal charges.

The legal truth will be left to the lawyers, judges and juries.

But that’s a long way off.

Until then, Kenosha will have to grapple with the aftermath, all while a wider world watches and reacts.

A city scorched

The story of Kenosha burned through the nation.

The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the floor for a playoff game as they implored the Wisconsin Legislature to “address issues of police accountability, brutality and criminal justice reform.” Call it a boycott or a wildcat strike, the action moved other teams in basketball and beyond, including the Milwaukee Brewers, to take similar stands.

Kenosha was invoked at the Republican National Convention, as the party issued a  law-and-order message.

“In the strongest possible terms, the Republican Party condemns the rioting, looting, arson and violence we have seen in Democrat-run cities like Kenosha, Minneapolis, Portland, Chicago, New York and many others,” President Donald Trump declared during his acceptance speech on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Meanwhile, the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris spoke with Blake’s family. Biden said the police officer’s shots “pierce the soul of the nation.” And in a video posted online, Biden said “protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary. But burning down communities is not protest, it’s needless violence.” 

Kenosha is under curfew.

The Wisconsin National Guard, aided by units from other states, is on the scene.

A fence rings the Kenosha County Courthouse and jail, an early flashpoint between demonstrators and police. There are scorch marks on the pavement where a city truck was burned. Plywood has gone up on other buildings in the historic Civic Center District.

There’s an eerie midday quiet in the 2800 block of 40th Street, where Blake was shot.

Outside the home where the incident took place, two plastic tricycles are in the yard. A Chevy Impala with smashed front and back windows is parked on the street.

At an apartment building across the street, two women are playing with a puppy.

“We don’t know anything,” one woman said.

On Sheridan Road between 59th and 63rd streets, the scene of Tuesday’s violence, where militia were seen and where Rittenhouse was accused of shooting demonstrators, all appears normal.

But a message painted on the side of a building stands out. It reads: “Blind Disabled 2d Floor.”

Imagine having to paint that on your home.

Feelings are raw.

The Fields sisters, who are biracial, expressed a love for their hometown but say there are racial divides.

“Black Lives Matter shouldn’t be a statement of any sort of controversy. It’s just sad,” said Jasmine Fields, who now lives in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. “I’m just hoping that this is an opportunity for people to realize that for Kenosha and the state of Wisconsin, the worst place for black people in the country, needs change.”

Victoria Fields, a college student who still lives here, said she wasn’t surprised by the shooting of Blake.

“It has been happening for generations,” she said. “I just hope that more people, now that it’s happening in my community, will see that this is a problem. All I ask is for change and to just be treated like you’d want to be treated. Like equals. That’s all we ask.”

‘They just have cameras now’

In this summer of protest, Kenosha resident Xavier Wallace said he has marched against police brutality in Milwaukee and Chicago.

“It ain’t real until it hits home for some people,” he said.

Wallace said Kenosha residents who are frustrated with Blake’s shooting are feeling “extended pain” from their own negative interactions with law enforcement.  

“This ain’t nothing new, they just have cameras now,” Wallace said of people filming alleged acts of police brutality.

Robin Spangler, who works for a management company that owns a string of properties damaged in the Uptown neighborhood, was out the other day screwing in a piece of plywood over a door of the damaged Furniture Warehouse store.

“People are looking forward to moving forward,” he said. “It happened, now what do you do? People I talk to are surprisingly upbeat. The grocery store is about four doors down. He’s such a nice guy. He said, ‘It’s happened, we just have to find another place to open.’ His place is destroyed.”

Spangler called those who did the damage “thugs coming in from outside trying to make a point. I don’t think their point is very well received by even the community. When I was talking to people around here, all the African American people up and down the block, 7:30 in the morning watching it burn, they’re going, ‘Why? Why did they do this?’ “

Pastor David King of Kingdom Word Ministries calls the past week “life changing.”

On Monday night, when unrest swept through the city, King said he and several other church members stood outside the storefront facility at 6114 22nd Ave.

“We weren’t armed but we were standing, I believe, with the angels of God,” he said.

The building came through unscathed, yet healing needs to take place, he said.

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Between the initial shooting, the unrest, and the deaths of two people, King said, “I think it’s gone too far.”

Leaders here are aware that it’s going to take time to rebuild buildings as well as regain a sense of trust in the community.

They are in a tough spot, appearing at times to be overwhelmed by the pace of events and the crush of media attention.

“Someone asked me this morning, ‘What do you want the nation and the world to think Kenosha is?’,” Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said Friday. “It’s a great place to live, it’s a great place to raise a family. We have great schools. We have great parks and lakes. … And when all of this calms down, like I hope it’s trending toward right now, if you really go outside this small area right here, life goes on as normal in Kenosha County and the City of Kenosha.”

‘Love is going to go a long way’

Dirk Ingram, a licensed massage therapist, has been going around town with stencils, spray paint and a ladder, painting figures of angels on plywood.

“Property represents livelihood, food on the table,” he said. “I want to create a visual. I mean, this is post traumatic stress we’re going to have to deal with here.”

Scott Carpenter is trying to push ahead. He runs the family-owned B&L Office Furniture at 1101 60th St.

After Blake’s shooting and the initial protests, he remained hopeful that peace could hold.

“I didn’t think we were going to be a Chicago or a Portland, Oregon,” he said.

Then he saw a car dealership catch fire.

On Monday night, he watched a feed on Facebook and saw his business burned.

“I’m like, ‘Oh God, it’s on fire,’ ” he said.

He’s had a few days to absorb the loss and to prepare to move on.

“If I was trying to do peaceful protests to let my voice be heard, and this is in the wake of it, I think I’d be telling whoever was behind me, ‘Stop it, you’re ruining our cause.’ “

Friday, he was back at his business. The building is a total loss. The heat of the fire was so intense, steel beams began to twist.

“Love is going to go a long way,” he said. “Love is going to be the answer.”

Contributing: Alison Dirr


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Best and worst masks to protect from coronavirus – New York Daily News

Not all masks are created equal.

Researchers at Duke University have tested 14 types of masks and other facial coverings and found that some are wanting when it comes to coronavirus protection, while others are quite good.

Using an easy-to-assemble laser and cellphone system, the team shined precise light onto the droplets emitted by someone wearing all varieties of mask, from none to the high-concept N95 that health care workers use.

The droplets people inadvertently spray out while coughing, sneezing, singing, shouting or even talking appear to be the most common form of transmission. The fewer of those we spew into everyone’s common air space, the lower the infection rate for SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

Since as many as 40% of infected people don’t know they have it and can transmit the novel coronavirus to equally unsuspecting people they come in contact with, knowing what does and does not stop transmission is key, the researchers said. So is wearing a mask.

“If everyone wore a mask, we could stop up to 99% of these droplets before they reach someone else,” study co-author Dr. Eric Westman, a physician at Duke, said in a statement. “In the absence of a vaccine or antiviral medicine, it’s the one proven way to protect others as well as yourself.”

There were a few surprises, most notably that pulling fleece over your mouth and nose is apparently worse than no mask at all.

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“We were extremely surprised to find that the number of particles measured with the fleece actually exceeded the number of particles measured without wearing any mask,” study co-author Martin Fischer, a chemist and physicist at Duke, told CNN. “We want to emphasize that we really encourage people to wear masks, but we want them to wear masks that actually work.”

Folded bandanas and knitted masks were not much better, the researchers said.

The best one turned out to be an N95 without the valve, the researches said, followed by three-layer surgical masks and the types of cotton masks that people have been making themselves. Those hand-made cotton face coverings “provided good coverage, eliminating a substantial amount of the spray from normal speech,” the researchers said.

The proof-of-concept study appeared online Friday in the journal Science Advances.

The hope is that companies, museums and community groups will set up the tests to show both themselves and potential mask wearers the effectiveness of each method.

“This is a very powerful visual tool to raise awareness that a very simple mask, like these homemade cotton masks, do really well to stop the majority of these respiratory droplets,” Fischer told CNN. “Companies and manufacturers can set this up and test their mask designs before producing them, which would also be very useful.”

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iPhone Worst

Now is the worst time to buy a new iPhone – MSN Money

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  • With Apple‘s much-rumored iPhone 12 expected to launch in the fall, now is the worst time to purchase a new iPhone.
  • If you’re already planning to spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone, it’s probably worth it to wait for the newest model that’s expected to come with 5G support and the latest Apple processor.
  • Even if you don’t care about having the latest iPhone, Apple typically discounts certain older models when introducing new ones.

If you’re considering splurging on a new iPhone in the near future, it’s probably best to re-think that decision.

Apple typically releases its new iPhones in the fall, meaning the next-generation model may only be less than two months away. If you were already planning to spend around $1,000 to upgrade your iPhone, you’d be best advised to wait until the much-rumored

iPhone 12

hits store shelves rather than investing in a phone that may soon feel outdated.Advertisement

This year’s iPhone is expected to come with 5G support, a new processor, different size options, a refreshed design that’s similar to that of the iPad Pro, and OLED screens across all models. That latter point is significant because Apple usually reserves OLED display panels, which are capable of showing richer blacks and bolder colors compared to LCD screens, specifically for its pricier “Pro” iPhone models.

Support for 5G connectivity may not be important right now while carriers are still in the process of building out their networks. But, if you’re spending hundreds of dollars on a new device, you’ll probably want it to last for at least two years, if not longer. Waiting for the 5G iPhone rather than spending a similar amount of money on last year’s model could be a great way to future-proof your device as 5G is expected to become the standard in the coming years.

Apple typically releases its new iPhones near the end of September, but it looks like the iPhone 12 lineup may launch a bit later than usual this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking on the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings call, Luca Maestri, Apple’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, said the company expects supply of the new product to be available “a few weeks later” compared to last year’s

iPhone 11

and 11 Pro launch.


Those comments line up with some previous reports about the expected iPhone 12’s launch. Bloomberg, for example, reported in April that some versions of the new iPhone may debut a few weeks later but still in the fall time frame. Analysts at JP Morgan, however, have previously predicted that the next iPhone could be delayed by up to one or two months.

Even if you’re not interested in having the newest iPhone, it’s still probably worth it to wait. Apple typically discounts older iPhones when introducing its newest model. Last year, for example, it cut the price of 2018’s

iPhone XR

to $600 when it launched the iPhone 11 lineup. That’s a $150 discount compared to the XR’s original $750 price when it launched.
If you’re in a dire situation and need a replacement iPhone right away, you may not want to wait another month or two for the expected iPhone 12. In that case, we’d suggest an iPhone SE to tide you over.Advertisement

But, if your current iPhone is working well enough to get by for a couple of months, your best bet is to wait until the fall to upgrade.

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Unemployment Worst

We Now Have the Worst Unemployment Rate Since the Great Depression – Slate

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A man stands in front of the closed offices of the New York State Department of Labor on Thursday in Brooklyn.

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Thanks to the coronavirus crisis, the United States is now facing its highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression.

The economy shed 20.5 million jobs in April, and the official unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent—its highest peak since the government began tracking the modern data series in 1948, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

A chart showing the U.S. unemployment rate since 1948.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

April’s numbers are more on par with the 1931 unemployment rate, based on data drawn from the Historical Statistics of the United States.1 For the moment, we’re living in Hooverville.

A bar graph showing the U.S. unemployment rate from 1925 through 1948.

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But today’s headline figure may understate the actual extent of joblessness at the moment. In an FAQ accompanying today’s report, the BLS explained that due to a data-collection mistake, up to 8.1 million Americans may have been categorized as employed but not at work, when they likely should have been classified as unemployed or on a temporary layoff. If you factor those individuals in, the April unemployment rate would jump to about 19.5 percent, the government’s statisticians wrote. That would place us roughly in 1932–33 territory.

A bar graph showing the unemployment rate from 1925–48 and the rate in April 2src2src.

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If all this weren’t depressing enough for you, remember: Millions more Americans have filed unemployment claims since the middle of last month, when this data was actually collected. The picture we’re looking at now is still relatively bright compared with the current reality.

One notable thing about April’s job losses was that they occurred across virtually all industries. The largest chunk by far was in leisure and hospitality (including hotels and restaurants), which saw payrolls decline by more than 7.6 million, or more than one-third of the total. Retail contributed another 2.1 million. But basically every corner of the labor market—from construction to manufacturing to health care to professional services like law—saw declines. There were a handful of subsectors that saw small increases, but the only big gains were supercenters and warehouse clubs (think Walmart, Target, and Costco). We’re not looking at a few industries that have frozen up, but really a whole economy.

It’s not exactly a shock that we’re facing mass unemployment at a moment when entire states and industries are effectively shut down. But the new jobless figures do suggest that the government’s coronavirus response has fallen short in at least one key way. Much of the economic relief bill Congress passed in March, the CARES Act, was designed to keep workers attached to their jobs where possible. The fact that we are now staring at Great Depression–like unemployment numbers anyway should be regarded as a failure. Yes, it’s likely that even more people would be out of work were it not for efforts like the Paycheck Protection Program. And it’s possible that there has been some rehiring as businesses have received their government aid. But the continued flood of unemployment claims suggest that things are, if anything, getting worse rather than better.

The one reason these figures are not a complete catastrophe is that Congress created extremely generous $600-per-week federal unemployment benefits. As a result of those, many Americans will receive more in government aid each week than they were earning at their jobs. States have had difficulty coping with the avalanche of claims, and many people have had to wait weeks to receive their money, if they haven’t been prevented from applying entirely by crashing websites. But as of April 18, almost 19 million Americans at least had their applications processed. Hopefully most of the jobless are actually receiving some substantial help by now.

The federal unemployment benefits are only scheduled to last through the end of July, however. If they expire and people still aren’t ready for a return to work (or shopping or eating out), families are going to find themselves in increasingly desperate financial situations, and the economy will likely sink further into trouble.

In the end, this is just one month’s jobs report. What made the Great Depression the Great Depression was the yearslong slog through economic devastation. The question for us is whether the government can finally contain this virus and engineer a reasonably fast economic recovery. Unfortunately, it’s not at all clear that it will. Republicans in Congress currently don’t appear to have much appetite to pass further significant relief or stimulus measures, such as fiscal aid to states, extended federal unemployment benefits, or a bigger, better wage subsidy program to keep people connected to their work. Meanwhile, the White House seems to be betting its response on Jared Kushner’s ability to speed up the development of a vaccine, which … God help us. If none of this changes soon, there’s a good chance we really will be headed for a long depression of our own.

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1This data series counts Americans who were put to work through New Deal programs like the Works Progress Administration as employed. Some conservative historians count them as unemployed, basically because it helps them paint Franklin D. Roosevelt’s efforts to combat the Depression as a failure.

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