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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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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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