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Warriors win Game 4, take 3-1 series lead vs. Cavaliers

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 LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court with Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 10, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court with Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 10, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
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CLEVELAND (Diya TV) — The question had been asked more than once throughout the first three games of the Finals: when would Curry and Thompson return to the court with a shooting performance their opponent couldn’t overcome?

The Splash Brothers are back.

During the third quarter of Friday night’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry nailed his first two three-point attempts, he and Thompson proceeded to combine for back-to-back three-pointers, then Curry dropped another one.

“We were threatened, and we responded well,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said afterward.

Golden State faced an eight-point deficit early in the third quarter before Curry and Thompson got to work — they entered the fourth with the lead. For the night, Curry sunk seven three-pointers and posted 38 points, the first time he’d eclipsed the 20-point mark this series. Thompson finished 4-of-9 from beyond the arc and scored 25 points.

“Sooner or later it’s going to happen,” Kerr said. “With guys like that, you can’t keep them down forever. Sometimes our best offense is our defense, and we were making stops and we were able to get out and run and kind of flow into our offense. So maybe they got a few extra looks from that, but mainly it was just law of averages took over.”

Curry represented 24 points for the second half, including a 13-point performance in the final frame.

An overall of Quicken Loans arena prior to Game Four of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers on June10, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

An overall of Quicken Loans arena prior to Game Four of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers on June10, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH.
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“Again, he’s Steph Curry. He’s the MVP for a reason,” Kerr said. “He doesn’t have the size and the strength to dominate a game physically, so he has to dominate with his skill, and that’s not an easy thing to do because your shot sometimes isn’t going to go in. But he has a lot of faith in himself, and he trusts his shot and he just kept firing, and tonight they went in.”

The Warriors set a new Finals single-game record with 17 three-pointers made.

“Our work’s not done, obviously,” Curry said. “I’m glad I showed up a little bit.” This is the sort of determination and confidence fans of Stephen Curry like to hear. Being one of the stand out players this season, there’s not doubt that many fans will have printed off their tournament bracket chart using sites such as https://www.interbasket.net/brackets/ncaa-tournament/fillable/ to predict a positive outcome for the Golden State Warriors.

Now, Golden State heads home for a climactic Game 5 on Monday on their home court, where they can clinch their second-straight championship.

For Cleveland, the reality of Monday could be as harsh as the numbers — just 10 teams in the history of the league have come back to win a series when facing a 3-1 deficit, and one of those 10 teams is their opponent. Golden State trailed Oklahoma City 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals, and proceeded to win four straight.

“Game 5 will be the hardest game of the series,” Kerr said. “Every closeout game is difficult but when you’re at home, it’s even more difficult. … We have to understand this series is not over.”

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving led the team with 38 points, LeBron James had 25, adding another 13 rebounds and nine assists. It wasn’t James best game, he shot 9-of-13 from the field but just 1-of-5 on threes. Kevin Love, who suffered a concussion during Game 2 and missed Game 3, was cleared to play Friday night.

Now, the series returns on Monday to Oracle Arena, where the Warriors went 39-2 during the regular season. In Golden State’s first two home games in the Finals, they beat Cleveland by scores of 104-89 and 110-77.

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India Rising puts forth valiant effort in loss to Boeheim’s Army in TBT

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SYRACUSE (Diya TV) — With The Basketball Tournament commencing, most eyes have been set on Boeheim’s Army and their path to repeating as champions. However, their first match provided an opponent true to its name: India Rising. 

While one may look at the 90-62 score and disregard the India Rising squad, when watching the game, the team did truly give Boeheim’s Army a run for their money in the first half. Facing a team full of guys who played under one of the greatest basketball coaches ever, Jim Boeheim, India Rising jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and was able to keep pace with Boeheim’s Army for a substantial amount of time. Most people may have written them off early but they kept fighting. They had a clear cut goal to bring attention to basketball players of Indian descent by pulling off a cinderella win and carve a path for themselves. It is clear that they put in their full effort to try and realize those goals.

In the second half, Boeheim’s army was able to pull away but India Rising had made their message clear: Indian ballers should not be overlooked. The box score does not paint the real picture of how much heart, determination, and grit India Rising displayed to get more recognition. General manager Gautam Kapur and head coach Ajay Sharma have done an excellent job overseeing the initiative and giving the best Indian hoopers a chance to shine on a big stage. 

In a 64 team tournament, India Rising stood out and gave a near-professional squad a tough time. For what this team set out to achieve, no heads should be hung low. India Rising should be getting the recognition they so rightfully deserve.

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Warriors win Game 5 at home, now just one game away from the title

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —The Golden State Warriors are just one win away from their fourth title in eight years. The Dubs returned home and overpowered the Boston Celtics 104-94 to take a 3-2 series lead, even though Stephen Curry only scored 16. Infact, Curry did not make a single three, a first in the last 3.5 years. Andrew Wiggins on the other hand matched Tatum while scoring a team-high 26 points and added 13 rebounds, including the dagger dunk to finish off Boston. 

Draymond Green saw glimpses of a turnaround game as he was very close to a triple double before fouling out for the 3rd time in this series. Klay Thompson made a great contribution on the offensive end with 21 points, on the third anniversary of his horrific injury in the finals against the Cavaliers in 2019 . The Warriors trio of Curry, Thompson and Green were able to cement themselves even further with their 20th Finals win together, the most of any trio over the past 30 years.

The Celtics saw franchise star Jayson Tatum have a better game scoring wise than the last game with a team-high 27 points. But while Tatum showed up for game 5, Jaylen Brown did not. When both of those players are on at the same time, the Celtics can light it up. However, there has been inconsistency from both throughout the Finals. The C’s will need both guys to be on for them to fend off the Dubs and force a Game 7.

The Warriors can close out the series and add a 7th ring to their collection with a win on Thursday in the hostile environment of TD Garden. A collective team effort would do the trick as in Game 4, Curry shouldered the load while the rest of his supporting cast did the same for him. The Celtics will look to put forth their best effort of the season in a final effort to keep their season alive. It could very well come down to if both Tatum and Brown can prove they can be a dynamic duo on the biggest stage.

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Warriors seal Game 4 victory with an epic Steph Curry performance, tie series 2-2

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BOSTON (Diya TV) — The Warriors, seal Game 4 victory with a vintage Stephen Curry performance, evened up the NBA Finals in an absolute thriller, winning 107-97.

The start of the game saw both teams match each other pound for pound with Boston ultimately taking the first quarter by a single point. There were notions before the game about Curry having a foot sprain, but he quickly laid those doubts to rest. He began to heat up in the first quarter (and talked some trash along the way). Conversely, Draymond Green continued his finals performance with more fouls than points. Robert Williams III showed off his skills as a rim protector on defense, which was a missing piece for the Celtics up until the point of Williams’ return. In the first half, Curry and Jayson Tatum battled against each other in classic star matchup fashion with Curry scoring 19 and Tatum going for 16. Tatum was money from beyond the arc (made 3 out of his 4 three-point attempts), just like he’s been all Finals as he’s been shooting 48% on 3’s.

The officiating in the first half was questionable, especially in the second quarter when Payton Pritchard clearly traveled and yet a foul was called instead. This set off Warriors HC Steve Kerr and his temper led to him getting a technical foul. For a non-call to be that egregious and then to double down by giving Kerr the technical foul is asinine and something that certainly sparked controversy. Attention was also brought to the Celtics free throw attempts versus the Warriors (15 and 5 respectively) even with both teams attacking the basket often. Despite this disparity, the Warriors were able to keep it within 5 at the end of the half.

More Curry magic continued in the second half with him carrying the team on his back, in essence. 43 points highlight the stat line but when watching the game, it was clear as day that he was really the only dependable source of scoring throughout the ballgame for the Dubs. With 7 threes made tonight, we saw the greatest shooter in league history go to work and will his team to victory. In the biggest stage of basketball, Curry made his mark once again.

The Celtics now face a daunting Game 5 heading to San Francisco. Winning both games on their home court would have all but sealed a championship for them. But now, the door has not only creaked, but swung wide open. The #1 defense in the NBA will gameplan to try and find answers for Curry. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be facing a challenging environment in Chase Center, but one they are familiar with. 

Meanwhile, the Warriors will look to capitalize off the momentum and adrenaline this win has given them. Off the heels of a classic performance, Curry will try to carry on his titanium-strong Finals MVP case. Draymond Green, coming back to friendly faces in San Francisco, will try to turn around an awful stretch. This series is shaping up to be a dramatic one with both teams trading blows. Game 5 should deliver more popcorn-worthy entertainment, especially if Stephen Curry is involved.

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