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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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Deaths of Indian American family in Iowa ruled murder-suicide

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Diya TV) — Iowa police say the shooting deaths of an Indian American family in West Des Moines, Iowa was a murder-suicide. Police said autopsies determined 44-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara’s death was a suicide. And the deaths of his wife, 41-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, and their two boys, aged 15 and 10, were homicides.

Top diplomats from the U.S. and India are meeting later this month to continue trade negotiations.

India said this week they will increase tariffs on US exports effective immediately, impacting items like apples, almonds, lentils and several chemical products.

The tax has raised the ire of California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who blamed the situation on President Trump. California almond exports to India are worth more than $650 million a year.

21-year-old Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, who authorities say was the head of a group of Indian college students who cheated more than 20 people out of nearly $1 million in a tech support telemarketing fraud scheme, received a five year sentence to prison in Rhode Island.

And we’ll introduce you to the pioneering broadcasters who called the NBA Finals in Punjabi for the very first time.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Indian American family of four killed at home in Iowa

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DES MOINES (Diya TV) — Investigators in Des Moines, Iowa say the Sunkara family, an Indian American family of four, were found dead in their home over the weekend. All four had gunshot wounds. There is no suspect in custody.

The 5th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated around the world this weekend. Thousands flocked to the Washington Monument in Washington DC, where yoga enthusiasts of all ages took part in the event, including representatives from the White House, US Department of State and the Ambassadors of Nepal, Mauritius and Myanmar.

The alums of the Indian Institutes of Technology gathered in Silicon Valley for their annual conference, featuring talks by Microsoft Chairman John Thompson and Bhavish Aggarwal, the CEO of Ola Cabs.

India is now 7-0 against Pakistan in Cricket World Cup games, after winning by 89 runs in a match interrupted by rain.

And we spoke to Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia after his team won their first NBA title. Nav told our Ravi Kapur exclusively he will part of the championship parade and even received a ring from the owner.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Raptors win first ever NBA championship over the Golden State Warriors

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Toronto Raptors win 2019 NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) —  The first Canadian team ever to win the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors fought earnestly and took down the NBA’s newest dynasty: the Warriors. The Raptors faced many hurdles in the playoffs, trailing 1-0 against the Magic and 2-0 against the Bucks. They put all of that behind and surged towards a 3-1 start in the Finals, which became increasingly difficult for the Warriors to overcome as they were tackled with injuries.

Kawhi Leonard, the Finals MVP, joined an elite group of players which have won a Finals MVP on two different teams. Among these players are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James, and now Leonard with a Finals MVP with San Antonio and Toronto.

Toronto was filled with star-power, with Fred VanVleet stepping up in the fourth quarter with three-pointers, and Pascal Siakam taking crucial layups in the paint. Kyle Lowry contributed throughout the series, whether rebounds, points, or simply aggression was needed. This lineup, together, took down NBA’s lastest dynasty.

The Warriors, however, put up a worthy fight, staying inches away from winning even with their best player Kevin Durant out and then the sudden loss of Klay Thompson in Game 6. Both teams fought with fervor and passion, with the Raptors inching closer to the Larry O’Brian Trophy as every second on the clock.

Looking Ahead

With the offseason looming, many questions are yet to be answered. Will this Raptors team maintain its core and stay together? If so, will they be able to storm into next season with skillful play? Most likely, yes. After what they have put together, the intention would be to establish themselves as the new NBA dynasty and completely overthrow the Warriors. Nick Nurse won his first championship in his first season coaching the Raptors. With the coach not likely to move, it seems as if the core will stay in place.

The Warriors’ offseason is uncertain, as this aging team has its contracts expiring. Kevin Durant is invariably out for next season after suffering a devastating achilles injury. Will he stay with the Warriors, or will he sign with another team? His injury may influence which team picks him up, as he will be out of commission for the upcoming season. Klay Thompson will become a free agent, but will he stick with the Warriors and his fellow Splash Brother Steph Curry, or lead another team? In addition, players like Andre Iguodala and Shawn Livingston are aging and may not be able to play as much. The Warriors will need to cultivate the young players, like Alfonzo McKinnie, to be successful.

This was the Warriors’ last game in Oracle Arena, as next season, they will be moving to Chase Center in San Francisco. Will they be able to make a championship run there, or will the Raptors emerge victorious again? It all remains unanswered, but for now, the Raptor roars.

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