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Warriors dismantle Cavs again, roll to 2-0 series lead

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 05: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers contests a shot by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 5, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 05: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers contests a shot by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 5, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Warriors in the NBA Finals was Game 3 of last year’s series. Golden State thrashed LeBron James and Co. Sunday evening during Game 2 110-77, leaving the Cavaliers facing a hole few teams have every climbed out of — with the series shifting back to the Midwest for Games 3 and 4, they will attempt to become just the fourth team in Finals history to win it all after facing such a deficit.

The win extends Golden State’s winning streak over Cleveland to seven games — the Warriors emerged victorious in Games 4, 5 and 6 of last year’s Finals, as well as both regular-season meetings this year.

Fans at Oracle Arena erupted early when center Andrew Bogut recorded four blocks during the first quarter. He rejected Kevin Love twice, LeBron once and denied Tristian Thompson on a flying dunk try. Bogut’s four blocks were the most recorded during a single quarter of the NBA Finals since Detroit’s Ben Wallace posted five during the 2005 Finals.

Draymond Green led the charge for Golden State in Game 2, scoring 28 points. Five of those shots were from three-point territory. He added another seven rebounds and five assists to his stat line. He shot 11 of 20 from the field. After the game, head coach Steve Kerr said the strategy the Cavaliers have been using has left Green wide open, allowing him to take advantage.

“The way they’re guarding us, Draymond’s open a lot,” Kerr said. “He becomes our safety valve when there’s pressure. He becomes an open shooter when they’re stepping out on Steph or Klay. So it’s a good situation for him.”

Curry was held under 20 points in two consecutive playoff games for the first time in two years, he scored 18. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson added 17 of his own.

“Our focus has been there,” Green said. “We’ve really locked in on the game play. The intensity level has been there.”

If the story of Game 1 was the Warriors bench coming to the rescure, the story of Game 2 was Golden State’s defense, which allowed Cleveland to score just 33 points in the second half of the contest. Cleveland’s 77 points were a result of the team’s shooting percentage, a lackluster 35 percent.

Up by just eight points at the half, the Warriors offense returned to the court and outscored the Cavs 58-33 during the second half while shooting 63 percent. Golden State’s second half offense was showcased during the third quarter when the Warriors went on a 30-16 run, courtesy of the efforts of Leandro Barbosa, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and the aforementioned Thompson.

For Cleveland, James finished the game with 19 points, likely a result of his subpar 7-of-17 shooting performance, nine assists and eight rebounds.

“It’s hard for me to kind of pinpoint what’s not working and what could work right now,” James said after the game. “Obviously, not much work is working, especially offensively.”

Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue was more direct. “They were tougher than us and more aggressive,” he said.

For most of the series, and last year’s NBA Finals, Kerr has used reserve Andre Iguodala to guard LeBron. The versatile forward has always played James tough, and has had an impactful role on his containment through these Finals. Lue said before Sunday’s game he wasn’t a believer in the theory.

“I think it’s random because they switch a lot of things and they switch it one through five so a lot of guys end up on him,” he said. “But as far as one-on-one, I don’t see (James) having a problem with Iguodala.”

As for the rest of the Cavaliers alleged Big Three, while James faced the most defense in the game, Kyrie Irving ended the night with just 10 points and forward Kevin Love missed five of seven shots before exiting during the third quarter with concussion-like symptoms.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James walks off the court after the Cavaliers were blown out 110-77 by the Golden State Warriors. June 5, 2016.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James walks off the court after the Cavaliers were blown out 110-77 by the Golden State Warriors. June 5, 2016.

Game 3 shifts to Cleveland on Wednesday.

 

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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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