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NBA Finals: Legacies at stake for both sides in Game 7

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Stephen Curry and LeBron James

Stephen Curry and LeBron James

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — The 1,316th game of the NBA season will be played on Sunday when the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet once more for a decisive Game 7 matchup to decide this year’s champion. It will undoubtedly be the most nail-biting 48 minutes of basketball either team has played all season, and the stakes for each of them couldn’t be higher.

For Golden State, a win would cement the team — mathematically, at least — as the best ever in league history, and likely place them among the all-time greatest in NBA history; a Cavaliers win would deliver the city of Cleveland its first championship of any kind in 52 years.

However, one of the strongest narratives to run throughout much of the regular season and these playoffs is the distinction of who the best player in the league might be — two-time MVP Stephen Curry, or four-time MVP LeBron James. Both players’ legacies, and perhaps permanent bragging rights, are on the line Sunday.

James will seek to clinch his third NBA championship Sunday, the previous two were also clinched on the road. After the Cavaliers fired head coach David Blatt midseason, a win in Game 7 would surely hush the doubters who believed Blatt was the man for the job. Additionally, unlike the previous two titles, where James had the assistance of players such as Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, there would be no doubt in who led Cleveland’s championship charge.

James has already put a stamp on his reputation as a big-game player — his 41-point performances in Game 5 and Game 6 were enough to help the Cavaliers become the first team in league history to battle back from a 3-1 deficit during the NBA Finals.

History is not on James’ side — only on three occasions has the road team emerged victorious in a Game 7 during the Finals and no team has won a Game 7 on the road during the NBA Finals since 1978.

Should he lose Sunday, James’ record in the Finals would fall to 2-5 all-time, and it will be impossible not to wonder if his 13-year career is shaping up to be an underachievement.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala guards LeBron James of the Cavaliers.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala guards LeBron James of the Cavaliers.

For Golden State, a victory Sunday would certainly ensure that Stephen Curry goes down as the ringleader of one of the two greatest teams in NBA history, with only Michael Jordan’s 1996 Chicago Bulls matching.

Curry has already broken nearly every league shooting record, including, on Thursday, the number of three-pointers in an NBA Finals with 28, so his status as the greatest shooter of the modern era is solidified. In order for him to retain the title of “Greatest Clutch Shooter,” he’ll need one of those stellar 40-point performances.

A Game 7 loss would leave Curry and the Warriors as one-time champions, until proven otherwise — a huge disappointment after their record-breaking 73 wins.

Whatever happens on Sunday, one thing is certain: It’s going to be a history-making night.

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

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WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) —   Kirstjen Nielsen, the US Homeland Security Secretary, is stepping down over major differences with the administration on how to implement President Trump’s immigration policies.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to campaign around the nation to make the case for his re-election in 2020. Over the weekend, he told a Las Vegas crowd India is charging 100% tariffs to the U.S. on many things and he wants to reciprocate. He added the Senate is not doing enough to change what he calls “stupid trade.”

The South Asian Bar Association’s Northern California chapter held their annual fundraising gala, a chance for judges, attorneys and the next generation to network and honor their peers.

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are moving to San Francisco in the fall, so they held their final Bollywood Night in Oakland. We’ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to a member of the Warriors Dance Team that choreographed an epic Bollywood dance.

And Ravi Ahuja, the former CFO of Fox Networks, is now Walt Disney Television’s CFO and president of business operations.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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University of Houston’s President, Renu Khator joins the NCAA Division I Board

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —  Renu Khator, President & Chancellor of University of Houston, the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the U.S., is joining the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors.

Framroze “Fram” Virjee is now permanent president of the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He was a private practice lawyer for nearly 30 years before becoming interim CSUF president last year.

Rutgers Law School announced Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and Vanita Gupta, the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division will both be 2019 commencement speakers.

George Jacob, the President & CEO of non-profit Bay.org behind the ambitious Bay Ecotarium, received the 2019 Louie Kamookak Medal from the The Royal Canadian Geographic Society for making Canada’s geography better known to Canadians and to the world.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Golden State Warriors host first-ever Sikh Awareness Night

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OAKLAND, CALIF. (Diya TV) — Oracle Arena was the site of the first-ever Sikh Awareness Night as the Golden State Warriors cruised to a 117-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night.

It was the second one in as many weeks throughout the NBA as the Los Angeles Clippers introduced it to their home crowd last week.

Other teams and leagues have previously hosted Sikh Heritage Nights, including the San Jose Sharks, who were the first NHL team last year to hold such an event.

Aman Singh, part of the local gurdwaras organization to put the event together, was excited for the community to be represented.

“We contribute to society here, so it’s great to be able to be part of this, to be able to have exposure and allow other folks in the community to get an idea of our heritage, Sikh values,” Singh said.

Fans got there early enough to take pictures outside Oracle and awaiting them inside was an up-close view of Stephen Curry’s highly-anticipated shootaround.

Soon enough, Singh — who was also coaching the pregame scrimmage — would hit the Warriors hardwood with 16 young kids from the Sikh community to shot hoops.

For 13-year-old Gagandeep Kaur of Milpitas, it was an unforgettable moment to be out there.

“Being able to play on the same court as my inspirations means a lot,” she said.

The five-minute scrimmage right before players from the Warriors and Grizzlies hit the floor included some dazzling shots and a buzzer-beater as well.

Members of the two teams remained close by as they eventually stood in front of their inspirations during the National Anthem.

Additionally, right after halftime, they were greeted with high-fives from Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and among others coming out of the tunnel.

“It’s great to be part of something like this,” Singh said.

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