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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.


Bucks bycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting, NBA season now in limbo



Milwakee Bucks issue a statement

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




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



Birth Anniversary

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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