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NBA Finals: Warriors-Cavaliers Game 2 Preview

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The flag is unfurled before the national anthem at Oracle Arena. May 27, 2016. (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

The flag is unfurled before the national anthem at Oracle Arena. May 27, 2016. (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — Despite a lackluster showing from the Splash Brothers, who combined for just 20 points during Game 1 Thursday, the Warriors bench picked up the slack, outscoring the Cavaliers 45-10 en route to Golden State’s 104-89 victory.

The Warriors’ supporting cast saw six players, including three reserves, each finish the night with point totals in double figures. The attack was led by 6-foot-7 Shaun Livingston, his 8-for-10 shooting performance was worth 20 points in the game, equalling a new career-high for the 30-year-old during the postseason. Kyrie Irving led the way for Cleveland in their losing effort, scoring 26 points. LeBron James had 23 points.

Heading into Game 2, the Warriors have a six-game winning streak against the Cavaliers, which extends back to last year’s NBA Finals — Games 4, 5 and 6 and both regular-season meetings of the 2015-16 campaign.

Considering how Cleveland steamrolled their way through the Eastern Conference during these playoffs, it was most surprising to see the lack of three-point shot attempts during Game 1 — the Cavaliers averaged a league-leading 33.2 attempts per game during the playoffs thus far, and converted on a league-leading 43.4 percent of those attempts heading into the Finals. Almost nonexistent ball movement and too many isolation plays for LeBron James during Game 1 likely played a leading role in Cleveland’s lack of offensive output.

Richard Jefferson had some words with LeBron James as the final seconds ticked off in the loss in the NBA Finals game. (Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer)

Richard Jefferson had some words with LeBron James as the final seconds ticked off in the loss in the NBA Finals game. (Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer)

Cleveland will need a big performance from their supporting cast — James, Irving and Love — in Game 2 to ensure the hopes of a different result after receiving no help from their bench in the series opener.

Another factor for the Cavaliers players to consider is the fact MVP Stephen Curry rarely, if ever, posts poor performances in back-to-back games. In the past two years, Curry has never posted back-to-back games where he scores less than 20 points in the playoffs. He bounces back, even if his efficiency suffers as a result.

Teams that go up 2-0 after winning the first two games are 25-3 all-time in the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers are familiar as anyone in the NBA with what home court advantage means to Golden State, so they really can’t afford to lose this game. A series never officially starts until a team wins a game on an opponents floor, but if the Cavs are waiting to take things back to Cleveland, this series could be over before the pistons start turning.

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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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