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NBA Finals: Warriors look to clinch second title without Draymond Green

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Andre Iguodala of the Warriors contests a shot by LeBron James of the Cavaliers.

Andre Iguodala of the Warriors contests a shot by LeBron James of the Cavaliers.

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — Steve Kerr would have appreciated receiving a little more notice from the NBA in its decision to suspend forward Draymond Green for Game 5. A heads-up would have helped him in the process of game preparations.

“It didn’t happen, so whatever,” Kerr said Sunday morning at Warriors practice.

Green was suspended from the game after he was assessed a flagrant foul for an incident with Cavaliers star LeBron James during Game 4 in Cleveland. The infraction ran his playoff flagrant fouls point total to four, which calls for an automatic one-game suspension.

In their announcement, the NBA said Green “made unnecessary contact with a retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin” of LeBron James, who also received a technical for his part in the fourth quarter incident.

Kerr later said he was more disappointed in the fact Green won’t be allowed to play than his behavior on the court, but there is little time to focus on that now. The Warriors have the opportunity to clinch their second-consecutive NBA title Monday night, on their home court at Oracle Arena.

“We’re going to come out aggressive and confident, just like we would if Draymond was playing,” MVP Stephen Curry said. “We understand what we’re playing for, and that’s all that matters. So we hope to have a great night, take care of the details of the game. Individual guys step up and play pretty special and have special efforts and come out with a win.”

Center Andrew Bogut says the pressure has shifted even more on to the shoulders of the Cavs’ players now, especially since experts aren’t picking Golden State to win Monday night without the presence of Green.

“The pressure’s back on them. We’re not supposed to win tomorrow, not by anybody’s picks,” Bogut said. “We like those situations. We like going into those games on our floor. We’re going to try to wrap it up.”

The Warriors have two titles in franchise history, both of which were clinched on the road in 1975 and last year in Cleveland.

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Klay Thompson, one-half of the Warriors’ Splash Brother tandem, said they’ll approach the situation the same way they’ve been doing it all season: next-man-up.

“It’s disappointing, but I’m not going to let it get us down,” Thompson said. “We had a next-man-up approach all year. Draymond, we know it’s going to kill him not being there, but we’re going to go out there and do it as a team and win for him. Go out there and try to make a statement on our home floor.”

Golden State has ended each round of the playoffs on their home court this postseason.

For Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, the absence of Green leaves him in a situation of also figuring out what to do with his lineup. He, too, recognizes the importance Green represents on the court for the Warriors.

“He brings a toughness to their team,” Lue said. “He’s the heart and soul of their team.”

After sticking with Richard Jefferson as a starter in Game 4, you could likely see him opt to move Kevin Love back into the starting five. With Green out, Love can be a bigger factor on offense and on the boards. James played nearly 46 minutes in Game 4, but might have spent too much time trying to get his teammates involved in the first half, scoring only seven points on six shots.

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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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Houston cop Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal remembered, fund set up for family

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) —  The loss of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal while on a routine traffic stop has stunned people around the country. Everyone from Texas governor Greg Abbott to the Houston Texans football team are honoring the Dhaliwal. A GoFundMe page has been setup to support his family, with totals so far in excess of $700,000.

Before Prime Minister Modi headed back to India following his Houston community summit & UN speeches, he met with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The Hawaii Congresswoman & Democratic Presidential candidate has been criticized for her support of Modi. But she was happy to highlight the importance of the US-India relationship on Twitter.

The NBA is in India this week for their first-ever preseason games that will feature the Indiana Pacers & Sacramento Kings. The Gateway of India was illuminated with bright colors & there are a series of events in and around the games going on in Delhi & Mumbai.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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