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No Curry? No problem. Warriors overwhelm Rockets in Game 2

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The Warriors earned a 115-106 home victory against the Houston Rockets on Monday, April 18, extending their series lead to 2-0. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Warriors earned a 115-106 home victory against the Houston Rockets on Monday, April 18, extending their series lead to 2-0. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — Stephen Curry has been a force to be reckoned with all season. Monday night against the Houston Rockets he assumed his usual role as team leader.

From the bench.

Sitting out the 115-106 victory due to an ankle injury, Klay Thompson and the rest of Golden State’s supporting cast combined forces to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Thompson scored 34 points and dished out another five assists in the win; Andre Iguodala added 18 points with four 3-pointers and Draymond Green had 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.

Shaun Livingston, who missed Sunday’s series opener, scored 16 points and recorded six assists in place of the injured Curry.

While Green recognizes the importance of having Curry on the court, just as the rest of the league, he also thinks the Warriors have the depth to sustain his absence. The most depth in the league, he said.

“We’ve relied on our depth all year — not just when Steph’s out,” Green said. “I think we’re the deepest team in the NBA.”

While he might agree the team has depth, having Curry in the lineup does make the job easier, Thompson said.

“It’s so much easier without him out there. When Steph’s out there, his man just sags in the paint, he doesn’t move the ball, he’s a very selfish teammate,” Thompson cracked. “I’m just kidding, man. He’s the exact opposite of that. I think we showed it’s hard to fill that void. No one’s going to do it by themselves.”

(Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

(Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

Curry was seen on the court during pregame, but cut his warmup short after appearing in physical pain while shooting. He was putting very little pressure on his ankle during the shoot-around.

Rockets shooting guard James Harden had 28 points and 11 assists to lead the team, who have lost six straight and 14 of the past 15 contests against the Warriors. Overall, Houston is 0-5 at Oracle Arena during the postseason. He went 13 of 15 from the charity stripe after having not visited once during the series opener. After the game, Harden said he and his teammates missed out on stealing a win with the reigning league MVP out of the lineup.

“We just didn’t do enough to get a win,” he said.

Now Golden State and Curry will have time to rest before Game 3 is played in Houston on Thursday. However, head coach Steve Kerr said they will not rush his healing process.

“We want to make sure Steph is right and that his foot is fine and healthy,” Kerr said. “Fortunately, we don’t play ’til Thursday, and he’s got some time to get some treatment.”

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Bucks bycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting, NBA season now in limbo

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Milwakee Bucks issue a statement

ORLANDO, Florida (Diya TV) — As the video of George Flyod’s killing spread across social media, the Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger & folks took to the streets to protest against police brutality. The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando. This Sunday, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, seven times in the back.

Outraged, the Milwaukee Bucks players, decided to boycott Game 5 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic. They forfiet the game, but the Magic refused to accept the Bucks’ forfeit and instead, both teams stood united, and the Bucks called Wisconsin’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor during “game time”.

The news spread quickly and other teams followed suit, notably the Rockets and Thunder, after Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul discussed the boycott.

Coincidently, four years ago today, former 49er Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally said that he that he wished they “had listened to Kaepernick earlier.” Kaepernick, who was essentially exiled from the league, has been receiving a lot of praise after today’s boycott.

The players took the “game time” to call the Attorney General Josh Kaul & Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

Twittersphere saw a barrage of reactions from players, coaches to former president Barack Obama

The 29-year-old, Jacob Blake was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, while his three children sat inside. Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday.

After the historic walkout, a players meeting was organized that continued past midnight in Orlando & sources say there was some frustration in the meeting among the players with the Bucks blindsiding everyone with their walk-out plan. Bucks’ guard, George Hill admitted he first sparked conversation pregame to boycott and his teammates supported.

As the teams voted on the status of the season, the LA Clippers & LA Lakers voted to boycott the NBA season, with LeBron James walking out of the meeting. He was soon followed by all the players from the LA teams.

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India, Pakistan spar over women’s rights in Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — At the United Nations, both India and Pakistan’s representatives took shots at their counterpart over women’s rights. Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering due to the communication blackout in the state. India’s First Secretary to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said, without naming Pakistan, these “baseless statements” were ironic given the amount of honor killings that take place there annually.

Rajeev Majumdar is the new president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the first state bar president of South Asian descent in the United States.

For the first time, India entered the ranks of the top ten countries sending visitors to the United States, with tourists from India spending nearly $16 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

And while the Kings and Pacers played two entertaining games in Mumbai, their legacy will include supporting five under-resourced schools in and around the region, outfitting them with Smart Classrooms, STEM training and new basketball courts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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