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Golden State Warriors await next challenge after 8-0 postseason start

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The Golden State Warriors are on another historic run, after Monday’s sweep of the Utah Jazz, the team has its first 8-0 playoff start in franchise history.

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — The Golden State Warriors now sit just four wins away from the team’s third-straight trip to the NBA Finals — and very likely, a third consecutive meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the league’s championship series.

From the outside looking in, it’s not hard to see why — the club possesses four All-Stars, including two MVPs.

Golden State eliminated the Utah Jazz on Monday night in a 4-0 series sweep, and are 8-0 in the postseason for the first time in franchise history. Coincidentally, the Cavaliers have also swept through their first two playoff series’ during this tournament.

But for the Warriors, the games mostly haven’t been very tight contests. Only the team’s Game 3 victory in the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers was decided by fewer than 11 points. And the Warriors not for one second in three of four games against the Jazz trailed in terms of scoring. The club’s trio of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant have asserted their dominance, and the team’s defense on the court has been, in a word, stifling.

“We are mostly impressed with how we are playing our brand of basketball,” Green said. “We really imposed our will on the other team. That’s big. In the playoffs, you let a team get in a groove and it’s hard to win games like that.

“We have imposed our will all eight games. That’s important on the offensive and defensive end, and if you can do that, with the talent that we have, with the experience that we have, it will be tough to beat us.”

The Warriors await the winner between the series featuring a pair of Texas rivals, the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets.

Golden State are averaging a playoff-high 115.3 points per game, ahead of the Cavaliers’ 114.5. The Warriors are conceding just 98.8 points in the postseason to lead all teams still alive and has a playoff-best 96.9 defensive rating.

Golden State’s offensive output has been delivered in spurts — one minute, Curry, in his vintage form, leads the way; the next, Durant or Green take a commanding control of the court. Klay Thompson has been in a bit of a slump, but still scored 21 points in the 121-95 victory Monday night.

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates with fans as he leaves the court after Game 4 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday. The Warriors won 121-95.

The Warriors have been without a familiar face on the bench since very early on in this playoff tournament — head coach Steve Kerr hasn’t appeared on the sidelines since Game 2 of the Portland series. He remains out after having a spinal cord leak procedure at Duke University on Friday, and there is no timetable for his return. He and interim head coach Mike Brown speak regularly, but that’s an obstacle to overcome.

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder had nothing but glowing remarks to share about the sort of culture Kerr has created in the Golden State locker room.

“They demonstrate it in everything that they do,” Snyder said. “When a team kind of lives who they are, that is a unique group. They all believe in each other and they are willing to sacrifice for one another.

“Just the unselfishness that that group plays with and the care they have for one another on the court. They’ve got each other’s backs.”

The competition will get tougher, though. And there is, of course, LeBron James waiting to defend his crown in the NBA Finals.

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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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