NBA Playoff Schedule 2017: TV, Live-Stream Guide for Sunday's Bracket

April 30, 2017 at 01:00PM / by Paul Kasabian via Bleacher Report - Front Page

The only Game 7 of the NBA playoffs thus far and the start of what should be the most heated postseason series are the main storylines for Sunday's action.

Here's a look at the television and live-stream guide alongside quick previews and picks for both contests.

Both games can be live-streamed through WatchESPNFor those wondering, yes, the second round of the NBA playoffs will begin before the first round is complete.

 

Previews and Predictions

Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics

The Washington Wizards just defeated one team they don't get along with (the Atlanta Hawks) and will now face off against another team they don't get along with (the Boston Celtics).

Here's a reminder of what happened this season between the Wizards and C's, specifically Washington point guard John Wall and Boston forward Jae Crowder:

Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com wrote an article detailing the Celtics-Wizards rivalry, and this passage sticks out in particular describing what occurred after the Crowder-Wall interaction:

"A herd of teammates and assistant coaches separated the players, but the teams were still yelling at each other as they returned to their locker rooms, which were in close proximity at TD Garden.

"Five Boston police officers were positioned between the Celtics and Wizards locker rooms after the game to ensure no further escalation. Otto Porter suggested in the aftermath that the Celtics played dirty, to which Thomas responded, 'If playing hard is dirty, then I guess we are a dirty team'."

If the Wizards-Hawks series resembled MMA, as Hawks power forward Paul Millsap described Game 1, then the Wizards-Celtics series might look like WWE, as that incident and its aftermath looks like something you'd see on Monday Night Raw.

Therefore, the expectation is that this will be a close, grueling, physical series filled with a lot of bad blood.

The difference should be the play of Wall, who is playing better than anyone in the NBA playoffs not named Kawhi Leonard or LeBron James.

Wall just finished averaging 29.5 points, 10.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game against the Hawks, who finished fourth in defensive efficiency this year, per ESPN.com. His performance was punctuated by a 42-point, eight-assist night in a 115-99 win to clinch the series on Friday night.

Boston had a great regular season, but it may have failed to make the second round if it wasn't for Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo's thumb injury. With Rondo on the floor, Boston was 0-2 in the first round and could not contain him. Without Rondo, Boston was 4-0.

Wall is going to be too much of a problem for Boston to overcome. The Wizards will take Game 1 and win the series in six games.

 

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers

Three games decided by five points or fewer, two injuries to big stars and one turn back of the clock for a player who entered the NBA in 2001 have characterized this series, which is playing out like a television drama.

On paper, the Jazz looked like they had a big edge leading into Game 6 on Friday night, as they hosted a Clippers team without star power forward Blake Griffin, who is out for the entire NBA playoffs after suffering an injury to his right big toe during Game 3.

However, point guard Chris Paul scored 29 points, center DeAndre Jordan grabbed 18 boards and the Clippers held the Jazz to 41.0 percent shooting from the field. Jazz forward Gordon Hayward nearly led the Jazz all the way back from a 14-point deficit, scoring 31 points, but a Joe Johnson three-pointer to tie the game was off.

Speaking of Johnson, the 16-year pro has looked like the player who averaged over 20 points a game for the Atlanta Hawks in the previous decade. Johnson has averaged 16.7 points in the playoffs, which is 7.5 points above his regular-season average.

Most notably, Johnson has averaged 21.0 points per game in Utah's three wins. In their three losses, Johnson's average dips to 12.3. If Johnson can get hot in Game 7, then Utah will be very tough to beat.

Ultimately, this Game 7 will be tough to call.

The good news for Jazz fans is that center Rudy Gobert, who hurt his left ankle during Game 6, should be fine for Sunday, per Jody Genessy of the Deseret News:

The bad news for Jazz fans is that Paul looks unstoppable, as he's posted 27.3 points and 10.0 assists in the playoffs while shooting 52.6 percent from the field.

This game should go down to the final minute, but give the edge to the best player on the floor (Paul) and the home team (the Clippers) in a close win.



Migos confirm collaboration with One Direction’s Liam Payne

April 30, 2017 at 12:54PM / by Adam Bychawski via FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.

The trio also announced a new Quality Control Music compilation.

Migos have collaborated with One Direction’s Liam Payne on a new song.

Quavo confirmed rumours that the trio will appear on the singer’s forthcoming solo project in an interview with Tim Westwood.

“I just came from a video [shoot] with my boy Liam from One Direction. Crazy vid, crazy visuals, crazy team, cool guy,” he told the veteran presenter.

The Atlanta group have been in the UK this week, performing two dates at London’s Brixton Academy.

Elsewhere in the interview, Offset announced that the trio will appear on a new Quality Control Music label compilation this summer.

The roster of the Atlanta indie imprint includes Migos, OG Maco, Young Greatness, Skippa da Flippa, Jose Guapo, Rich The Kid and, most recently, Lil Yachty.

The label previously released a compilation back in 2014 titled Solid Foundation, which featured Migos, Johnny Cinco, Jose Guapo, Losie, MPA Duke, Cartie, Dity Dave and Chill Will.

Migos were due to headline Fyre Festival this weekend before it descended into chaos.

Read next: Harry Style’s debut single goes down like a lead balloon on Singles Club.

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Can Emmanuel Macron solve France's economic riddle? | Larry Elliott

April 30, 2017 at 11:23AM / by Larry Elliott via World news | The Guardian

If the radical centrist frontrunner blames France’s problems solely on the lack of supply-side reform he is setting himself up to fail

There is a familiar rhythm to French politics. President gets elected amid a wave of optimism. President says root and branch reform of the economy will lead to stronger growth and falling unemployment. President fails to deliver the promised transformation. Economy continues to struggle. President gets booted out of office.

In the past 30 years, François Mitterand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande have won elections for the mainstream parties of the centre left and centre right but France’s economic problems have not been resolved. It says something about how poor performance has been under Hollande that growth of barely more than 1% in 2016 was good by recent standards.

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Can Emmanuel Macron solve France's economic riddle? | Larry Elliott

April 30, 2017 at 11:23AM / by Larry Elliott via World news | The Guardian

If the radical centrist frontrunner blames France’s problems solely on the lack of supply-side reform he is setting himself up to fail

There is a familiar rhythm to French politics. President gets elected amid a wave of optimism. President says root and branch reform of the economy will lead to stronger growth and falling unemployment. President fails to deliver the promised transformation. Economy continues to struggle. President gets booted out of office.

In the past 30 years, François Mitterand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande have won elections for the mainstream parties of the centre left and centre right but France’s economic problems have not been resolved. It says something about how poor performance has been under Hollande that growth of barely more than 1% in 2016 was good by recent standards.

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Will Ferrell surprise guest on Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner – video

April 30, 2017 at 10:53AM / by Guardian Staff via World news | The Guardian

Comedian Samantha Bee hosts Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an alternative to the official event on Saturday. Bee was joined by a host of other comedians, including the surprise guest Will Ferrell, whose George Bush asked the crowd: ‘How do you like me now?’

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Tempow turns your dumb Bluetooth speakers into a connected sound system

April 30, 2017 at 09:17AM / by Romain Dillet via TechCrunch
 Meet Tempow, a French startup that can make your Bluetooth speakers more versatile. The company has been working on a new implementation of the Bluetooth protocol in order to let you play music from your phone on multiple speakers and headphones at once. Bluetooth speakers have become a common gift and a hit item in consumer electronics stores. Most people now have multiple Bluetooth speakers… Read More


100 daze of Trump: euphoria and nausea on the White House rollercoaster

April 30, 2017 at 08:00AM / by David Smith in Washington via World news | The Guardian

The president is a carnival barker, his press secretary a perpetual high-wire act, the White House briefing room a home of truth seen through funhouse mirrors. This, as George W Bush now famously said, is some weird shit

Sean Spicer was angry. “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration – period,” he almost shouted. Media attempts to “lessen the enthusiasm” for the inauguration were “shameful and wrong”. And today Donald Trump had been at the CIA where he was greeted by a “raucous” crowd “ecstatic” at his election. He delivered a “powerful” message and was given “a five-minute standing ovation”.

Related: One nation, two Trumps: America as divided as ever after first 100 days

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Kevin Love Says Serge Ibaka Makes Cavaliers vs. Raptors Rematch Different

April 30, 2017 at 05:46AM / by Rob Goldberg via Bleacher Report - Front Page

Kevin Love is expecting the Toronto Raptors to provide a tougher playoffs test this time around, thanks partially to the addition of Serge Ibaka.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star said Ibaka, who was acquired from the Orlando Magic before the trade deadline, provides a "different dynamic."

"He brings a ton of energy," Love said Saturday, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. "Played really well in Round 1, so he just gives them a whole different look and a guy who has a ton of playoff experience coming from Oklahoma City. Obviously getting traded from Orlando, but all his playoff experience being there and playing in a lot of big games. He really helps them."

 

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer shares Trump-dissing Spotify playlist

April 30, 2017 at 03:34AM / by BrooklynVegan Staff via BrooklynVegan

While Schumer didn't elaborate much, the song titles speak for themselves: "You Haven't Done Nothin'" (Stevie Wonder), "Gold on the Ceiling" (The Black Keys), "Promises, Promises" (Naked Eyes), "Won't Get Fooled Again" (The Who), "Fool Me Once" (B.B. King), "Beautiful Liar" (Beyonce & Shakira)...you get the idea.

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13 Reasons Why Soundtrack Artist Car Seat Headrest Criticizes Show For Glorifying Suicide

April 30, 2017 at 02:58AM by Stereogum via Stereogum
Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, a scripted drama that flashes back on the events leading up to a teen girl taking her own life, has drawn criticism from some schools and health professionals for graphically depicting and allegedly glorifying suicide. And now Car Seat Headrest's Will Toledo, who contributed his song … More »


Mac DeMarco Hosting Album Listening Party & BBQ In LA Tomorrow

April 30, 2017 at 01:43AM by Stereogum via Stereogum
Tomorrow is Mac DeMarco's 27th birthday, and to celebrate he's throwing a sequel to the backyard BBQ listening party that preceded the release of 2015's Another One. This time the event will be in DeMarco's new home base of LA and the album in question is This Old Dog, due for release this … More »


Watch Soundgarden Play “All Your Lies” For The First Time In 25 Years

April 30, 2017 at 12:48AM by Stereogum via Stereogum
Soundgarden recently gave their 1988 album Ultramega OK the deluxe reissue treatment, so it makes a lot of sense that when they opened up their 2017 tour last night, they trotted out a track from that LP for the first time in a quarter-century. "All Your Lies," which hadn't been performed since 1992 at … More »


Lonzo Ball Reportedly Will Skip 2017 NBA Draft Combine

April 30, 2017 at 12:35AM / by Alec Nathan via Bleacher Report - Front Page

UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball will reportedly skip the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania and ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.

Ball, who is widely expected to be a top-five pick, is taking a step several prospects in his position have in the past. For instance, 2016 No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons skipped the process entirely last year.

Two years earlier, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid—who were selected first, second and third, respectively—all opted not to attend the pre-draft festivities in Chicago.

Reasons for skipping the combine can vary, but Draft Express' Jonathan Givony pointed to one major component last year after it was announced Simmons, Dejounte Murray and Domantas Sabonis would all be absent.

"Agents would prefer not to have their clients go through the exhaustive medical screening the NBA puts every Combine participant through, especially now that the Combine is held before the official order of the NBA draft is set at the Lottery (this year May 17th)," Givony wrote. "The physical is an incredibly important component to most team's decision making process, and is one of the few pieces of leverage agents have."

It should be noted that just because a player shows up, it doesn't mean he will participate fully. Last year, Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray and Buddy Hield declined to participate in athletic testing.

The 2017 combine is scheduled to take place between May 9-14 in Chicago, with the draft lottery tabbed for Tuesday, May 16.



Michael Ignatieff fights his toughest battle over academic freedom

April 30, 2017 at 12:06AM / by Catherine Pepinster via World news | The Guardian
The Canadian thinker is determined to defend his university against interference by the Hungarian state

Michael Ignatieff is living life in reverse. Most people opt for their most demanding roles early on, then a quieter life. But after a career in philosophy, novel-writing and journalism, Ignatieff chose politics in his native Canada, followed at the age of 69 by his most difficult role to date: rector of the Central European University in Budapest. It is a task that has led him into battle to defend academic freedom against the onslaught of the Hungarian government, as its populist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, strives to bring the CEU to heel through a new education law.

Under recent Hungarian legislation aimed at overseas-registered universities, staff will have to acquire work permits, which the CEU says will restrict its ability to hire staff. The government is also demanding that the university open a wing in America and that it no longer teach US-accredited courses.

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Trump blames constitution for chaos of his first 100 days

April 30, 2017 at 12:05AM / by Julian Borger via World news | The Guardian
The president is learning the limits of power

On his 100th day in office on Saturday, facing historically low popularity ratings, a succession of intractable foreign crises and multiple investigations of his links with Moscow, Donald Trump reminded the nation that 1 May was Loyalty Day.

The day is a US tradition dating back to the cold war, when it was a bolster to stop May Day becoming a rallying point for socialists and unionised workers, but for an embattled president learning politics on the job it has an added resonance.

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Soundgarden Embarks On Tour, Working On Album

April 30, 2017 at 12:04AM / by Ty Arthur (aka xFiruath) via MetalUnderground.com
One of the most influential bands in rock music, Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum band Soundgarden just embarked on a North American headlining tour in Tampa, FL at WXTV Rockfest. The Pretty Reckless and Dillinger Escape Plan will support select dates, with full tour info available below. Soundgarden will also appear at a variety of previousl... Read More/Discuss on Metal Underground.com

Bella Hadid Apologizes For Fyre Festival Disaster

April 30, 2017 at 12:04AM by Stereogum via Stereogum
Bella Hadid -- one of the supermodels originally featured in a promotion for the failed Exumas, Bahamas, Fyre Festival -- has released a statement following the reported chaos that occurred on the first day of what was advertised to be a two-weekend, luxury event held on a private island with performances by G.O.O.D. Music's … More »


Paul Millsap Says He Is Likely to Opt Out of Hawks Contract, Enter Free Agency

April 29, 2017 at 11:52PM / by Joseph Zucker via Bleacher Report - Front Page

Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap confirmed what many expected when he announced Saturday he "probably will opt out" of the final year of his contract, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).

According to Spotrac, Millsap will earn a little over $21.4 million in 2017-18 if he exercises his player option. Otherwise, he'd become an unrestricted free agent.

 

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VIDEO: BMW M3 Comp Pack vs Mercedes-AMG C63 S vs Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio — Drag Race

April 30, 2017 at 12:03AM / by Nico DeMattia via BMW BLOG

Ok, so it’s time again to compare the BMW M3 with the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio. It seems as if journalists just can’t get enough of these three together and neither can we. This time, though, there’s a twist. Which ever car is the fastest of these three in a drag race has to take on the mighty HSV GTSR W1 (which is possibly the worst car name in the history of the automobile. Did they name it after an MRI machine?). If you don’t know what the HVR is, it’s a 636 hp rear-wheel drive Australian monster built on the same platform as the Chevy SS.

First up is the two Germans, as the BMW M3 Comp Pack, in this case, takes on the Mercedes-AMG C63 S. It should be a pretty straight forward race. The M3 makes 444 hp and the AMG makes 502. And it ends up being that straight forward, as the AMG takes a commanding early lead that it never relinquishes.

 

After the AMG beats the M3, it has to take on the young Italian. The Alfa Romeo has the same amount of power but is lighter and uses a better gearbox. So it has a good chance of beating the AMG. And it does, with a good convincing finish. What’s impressive is that the Alfa Romeo makes the same power and is faster through the drag race while using a smaller engine. The Alfa’s 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 is considerably smaller than the AMG’s 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8. Still, though, Italy takes the victory.

Which means it’s time for it to take on Australia and the 636 hp HSV. Sorry to spoil it, but it’s not exactly a surprise. The HSV wins by a large margin. It struggles putting power down at first, as that sort of power is hard to wrangle, but once it hooks up it’s a rocket. That’s a lot of power in a sedan and it’s the most powerful Australian car ever produced. So it takes the ultimate victory here. It’s still ugly and has a dumb name, though.

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Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner: full frontal on Trump and media

April 29, 2017 at 11:16PM / by Elise Czajkowski via World news | The Guardian

Trump bowed out of this year’s big press event so Samantha Bee decided to host her own, featuring famous faces and surprise guest Will Farrell

When Samantha Bee announced in January that her weekly late night show Full Frontal would put on its own version of the White House correspondents’ dinner (WHCD), it seemed, if briefly, that the actual event might not happen. In the event, the WHCD survived, President Trump said he would not attend, and Bee’s former Daily Show colleague Hasan Minhaj was named to act as host.

Related: Trump appeals for loyalty as 100th day fanfare threatens to fall flat

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Bobby Portis Played 2 Months with 3rd-Degree Burn on Foot After Heat Pack Injury

April 29, 2017 at 10:41PM / by Mike Chiari via Bleacher Report - Front Page

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis revealed Saturday that he played with a third-degree burn on his foot for two months this season.

According to ESPN.com's Nick Friedell, Portis said the injury occurred in March due to a mishap with a heat pack.

Portis explained how the incident happened prior to Chicago's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 4: "The heat pack burned me before the game. I was actually on the [trainer's] table. I couldn't feel it. I had my headphones in, but I didn't feel [the pack] burn through. ... Ever since then, it's been hurting. ... I had a third-degree burn on my foot. On top of my foot. Every time I tied my shoe up, it was right there on the spot. After the game, it would be bloody and nasty."

Portis said his foot is still "kinda, sorta" bothering him and that it impacted him down the stretch: "No one ever really knew about it, but it affected me a little bit. Every time I bent my foot, it hurt, it hurt."

In his second NBA season, the 22-year-old averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

The former first-round pick out of Arkansas also put up 6.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest during the Bulls' first-round playoff series loss to the Boston Celtics.

Portis started 13 games in 2016-17 and served as the primary backup at power forward behind Nikola Mirotic following the trade of Taj Gibson to the Oklahoma City Thunder.



Tesla Quietly Teased its Semi Truck

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave a small preview of the automaker's upcoming semi truck.

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Check Out Elon Musk’s Latest Seemingly Crazy Transportation Idea

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Sooner or later we're going to have to take Tesla CEO Elon Musk's wild ideas seriously.

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‘Against The Run Of Play’ Contains Distorted Claims – Jonathan

April 29, 2017 at 10:35PM / by Simon Ejembi via Channels Television

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has criticised some of the claims in the book ‘Against The Run Of Play’ which was written by the Chairman of Thisday’s Editorial Board, Mr. Segun Adeniyi. According to Jonathan, the book as presented contains distorted claims on the 2015 presidential election by many of the respondents. He said that at … Continue reading ‘Against The Run Of Play’ Contains Distorted Claims – Jonathan

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Seth Rogen, Lonely Island Hint At Movie About Music Fest That Goes “Horribly Wrong”

April 29, 2017 at 09:16PM by Stereogum via Stereogum
Amidst news of the debacle that was the Fyre Festival, a meant-to-be lavish music festival on a secluded Bahamian island catering to the ultra-rich that ended in a Lord Of The Flies-esque disaster of unpreparedness and harsh tropical conditions, funnymen Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer) announced on … More »


Mark Zuckerberg's surprise visit to Ohio family boosts rumor of political run

April 29, 2017 at 08:59PM / by Staff and agencies via World news | The Guardian

Moore family of Newton Falls, Democrats who voted for Trump, hosted the Facebook CEO who is visiting all 50 states amid speculation of a run for office

An Ohio family said they learned just 20 minutes before dinner on Friday evening that a planned mystery guest would be the Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.

Related: Mark Zuckerberg pens major Facebook manifesto on how to burst the bubble

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Phosphorescent – “This Land Is Your Land” (Woody Guthrie Cover)

April 29, 2017 at 08:04PM by Stereogum via Stereogum
President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office is today, which means Secretly Group and 30 Songs 30 Days’ resistance initiative Our First 100 Days comes to an end. Over the course of the project we’ve heard exclusive tracks from folks like Angel Olsen, PWR BTTM, Toro Y Moi, Hurray For The Riff Raff, EMA, Flock … More »


EU tells May: give our citizens their rights or no trade talks

April 29, 2017 at 07:55PM / by Daniel Boffey via World news | The Guardian
European leaders take hard line on Brexit and agree on it unanimously in only four minutes

The European Union has called on Theresa May to provide immediate “serious and real” guarantees to its citizens living in Britain. The EU leaders took just four minutes at a special summit to agree unanimously an uncompromising opening stance in the Brexit negotiations.

Related: Michael Heseltine: ‘Signing article 50 is the worst decision we’ve made’

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VIDEO: Upcoming 2019 BMW X5 spied in Copenhagen

April 29, 2017 at 07:57PM / by Nico DeMattia via BMW BLOG

Even though the current-gen F15 BMW X5 is still a great looking car that has loads of space, is extremely luxurious and drives well, it’s getting close to that time where it needs replacing. It’s still highly competitive in its segment, which is surprising considering the X3 was non-competitive far before its replacement coming later this year. But, despite that, BMW is currently working on a successor to take on its impressive new competitors from Volvo and Land Rover. This new BMW X5 successor was recently just caught testing in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The first thing you notice about the new X5 is its aggressive rear haunches. They’re massive and stick out further than on the current-gen car. This gives the new X5 a wider, sportier look that looks almost odd on such a big vehicle. Though, don’t put too much stock in this as BMW has faked us with false body panels before.

In the video, we don’t see much of the car, as it’s just driving around town, so we don’t get to see any hot laps on the ‘Ring. But we do get a good look at its size and proportions, which look pretty BMW X5-ish. The proportions don’t seem to have changed much over the previous car, but that’s not really a big deal as the current car still looks very good. Don’t fix what ain’t broke, I guess.

Being that BMW’s design language has been based on rather incremental, evolutionary changes, rather than drastic revolutionary ones, as of late, this isn’t surprising. It should still be a good looking car and one that will sell like crazy but don’t expect a drastic change in design. For better or worse.

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