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Warriors’ bench mauls Cavaliers in Game 1 win

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 2: Shaun Livingston #34 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 2, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 2: Shaun Livingston #34 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 2, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — When the Warriors and Cavaliers faced off on Christmas Day this season, the matchup was the most highly anticipated game on the NBA’s schedule — Cleveland would be provided the opportunity to avenge their defeat at the hands of Golden State in last year’s NBA Finals. An opportunity squandered as the Warriors would emerge victorious against a complete Cavaliers squad.

Thursday night at Oracle Arena, Cleveland and Golden State once again faced off in the NBA Finals, with both teams showcasing full rosters this time around. The Cavaliers came away from Game 1 looking unprepared for the offensive onslaught of the Warriors bench, falling 104-89.

Golden State’s reserves outscored the Cavaliers’, 45-10.

Likely a byproduct of Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue’s strategy to contain the offensive output of Stephen Curry.

“Everyone’s going to have a role trying to guard Curry. He’s a tough player and we know he makes this team go,” Lue said. “Everybody has to be locked in and focused on Steph.”

His strategy worked somewhat — Curry ended the night going 4 for 15 from the field with just 11 points. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson’s night wasn’t any better, finishing his Game 1 performance with nine points. The two combined to shoot 8-of-27.

However, Shaun Livingston showcased the playoff performance of his life, posting a career-playoff high 20 points during a 80 percent shooting performance. Last year’s Finals MVP Andre Iguodala added another 12, and Leandro Barbosa shot a perfect 5 for 5, collecting 11 points of his own. All three players came off the bench.

“Yeah, it’s all a feel. Just being aggressive when we’re out there,” Livington said about the bench play. “They (Curry and Thompson) command so much attention, especially Steph off the pick-and-roll, so we try to make ourselves available for him and be able to make plays and relieve pressure for him  because all it takes is one shot to go in, we know that — same for Klay — and they get rolling fast.”

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The MVP spoke on Livingston and the rest of the bench’s effort during his postgame interview.

“Whether it’s 45 points off the bench or just playing aggressive and continuing what we start. But tonight it was the opposite. They really changed the game, and it allowed us to win tonight.”

The always emotional Draymond Green emerged as the most efficient of the night’s starters, filling his stat line with 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

“This team is prepared for this,” Lue had stated before the game. “I think they’re eager for it. Kevin and Kyrie not being a part of The Finals last year and they’re excited and anxious. So now that we’re here, we’re ready to perform.”

Kyrie Irving scored the game-high 26 points for the Cavaliers, Love added another 17 and collected 13 rebounds. Superstar LeBron James ended falling just one assist short of a triple-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

“When you get outscored 45-10 on the bench and give up 25 points off 17 turnovers, no matter what someone does or doesn’t do, it’s going to be hard to win, especially on the road,” said James. “And that’s what it was. Obviously the game ball goes to Shaun Livingston. Came in, gave them a huge spark.

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“But don’t matter what you do with Steph and Klay, don’t matter what you do with Draymond. Give up 45 points off the bench and 25 points off turnovers on the road, it’s not a good ingredient to win.”

Cleveland turned over the ball 17 times in the contest, which directly resulted in 25 points for Golden State.

Game 2 between the two teams will tipoff Sunday at 5 p.m.

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

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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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