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NBA Finals: Warriors, Cavaliers get ready for a historic matchup




SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — For the third straight season, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are set to square off in the NBA Finals.

Let’s take a look at where things stand. So far, they are tied with one championship each. LeBron James has been a key factor to the Cavaliers’ success, and Curry to the Warriors’. Let’s recap the last two finals.


Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, left, and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, right, in last year’s NBA Finals.

2015 NBA Finals

The Warriors won the 2015 NBA Finals after trailing 2-1. During Game 1, Kyrie Irving fractured his kneecap, resulting in a huge advantage for the Warriors. Andre Iguodala, a forward on the warriors, played especially well in this series with an average of 16.3 points per game. The scores of each game are below:


Warriors: 108-100

Cavaliers: 93-95

Cavaliers: 91-96

Warriors: 103-82

Warriors: 104-91

Warriors: 105-97

2016 NBA Finals

Making history, the Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Finals after trailing 3-1, a feat never before accomplished in the NBA finals. During the first game of the western conference quarterfinals, Curry injured his knee playing against the Houston Rockets. He was still playing, but compared to his 2016 regular season average of 30.1 points, his 2016 playoff average became 24.5 points per game. Curry’s injury gave an advantage to the Cavaliers. Throughout game 6, Curry kept drawing fouls and was eventually fouled out, his first time since December 2013. Many calls did not go Curry’s way, and he had 2 fouls in the first quarter itself. The scores of each game are below:

  1. Warriors: 104-89
  2. Warriors: 110-77
  3. Cavaliers: 90-120
  4. Warriors: 108-97
  5. Cavaliers: 97-112
  6. Cavaliers: 101-115
  7. Cavaliers: 89-93
Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant signs with the Warriors, and plans to spend the summer in touring India helping build the NBA India franchise.

The Key to Success

Both teams need good defense to win. The Warriors need to defend 3 major people on Cleveland; LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love. The Cavaliers need to defend many people on the Warriors; Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson. In offense, both teams need to make their three pointers if they want to win. This will give a raise in points and momentum. Defensively and offensively, each team will need to play their best in order to be crowned champion.

Finals MVP Race

Some are already predicting the finals MVP. With Durant leading the way, Curry and LeBron are second and third.  There is no doubt this will be close, but ultimately, most think Kevin Durant will rise as champion. That is, if the Warriors prevail. Why? Because they are facing almost the same Cavaliers team as last year, a team that has not changed its lineup much. Golden State, however, now has Kevin Durant in their lineup. So the 2017 finals are like the 2016 finals with one major change, Kevin Durant.


Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns



Secretary Nielsen resigns

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



NCAA board

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 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



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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