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

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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.

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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.

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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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