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After a tense Game 1, Cavs and Warriors get ready for Game 2 on Sunday

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Game 1 gets chippy with 2.4 seconds left in OT, An altercation breaks out seconds before the end as Tristan Thompson gets ejected. Photo: AP/Ben Margot
Game 1 of the NBA Finals gets chippy with 2.4 seconds left in OT, An altercation breaks out seconds before the end as Tristan Thompson gets ejected. Photo: AP/Ben Margot
Game 1 gets chippy with 2.4 seconds left in OT, An altercation breaks out seconds before the end as Tristan Thompson gets ejected. Photo: AP/Ben Margot

Game 1 of the NBA Finals gets chippy with 2.4 seconds left in OT, An altercation breaks out seconds before the end as Tristan Thompson gets ejected. Photo: AP/Ben Margot

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — This is why they play the games.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals did not go as predicted. The Warriors and Cavaliers are meeting once again in the Finals, the first time the same two teams have battled for a championship in four straight years in any of the major American sports leagues. This time, the Warriors are heavily favored to win their 3rd championship in that span. Yet the Cavaliers showed why they were able to overcome the odds and win the Eastern Conference once again.

Differences

This year’s edition has a different feel to it, as Kyrie Irving and Andre Iguodala are not featured. Irving was traded to the Celtics by the Cavs in the offseason and Iguodala continues to cope with a knee injury suffered in the Western Conference Finals.

As a result, both teams are adjusting to one another. The Warriors played with an altered small ball lineup. The original had Kevin Durant at small forward, Andre Iguodala at power forward, Draymond Green at center, Stephen Curry at point guard, and Klay Thompson as shooting guard. In the alternative lineup, Durant, Curry, and Thompson did not switch positions. However, Draymond Green acted as a power forward and Kevon Looney as the center.

Both teams felt each other out in the first half, with game tied at 56 at the break after a tremendous long distance three by Stephen Curry to close out the first 24 minutes of action.

The teams were tied seventeen times in this tug-a-war like game, with the Warriors finally breaking away in overtime to win 124-114.

For the Cavaliers, LeBron James scored a playoff career-high 51 points. He got off to a strong start in the first half, with around 24 points, and did not stop in the second half and overtime either.

The Start

The Cavaliers had the lead for most of the first half. It got as high as 11 points, but the Warriors were able to reel it in and tie at 56 at half time. The Warriors are known for their 3rd Quarter comebacks, and that continued in Game 1. But the Cavaliers came back in the 4th Quarter.

The Cavaliers were dominant on the boards, especially on the offensive glass. They had nineteen total compared to the Warriors’ four. At the end of the fourth quarter, they drew fouls and were able to push the game into overtime. George Hill missed a game-winning free throw, one that would have locked Game 1 in place for the Cavaliers.

Pressure

After that, a misunderstanding prevented the Cavaliers from a chance at winning once again. According to Tyronn Lue, J.R. Smith misread the score and thought the Cavaliers were leading by one and therefore dribbled behind the 3-point line.

However, J.R. Smith said that he was expecting a timeout to be called, and did not misread the score at all. LeBron’s reaction to this lead to new memes and other viral cartoons. J.R. Smith commented, “No, I knew we were tied. It’s just, I thought we were going to take a timeout because I got the rebound. I’m pretty sure everybody didn’t think I was going to shoot it over KD right there. … I mean, I saw KD standing right next to me. He already had, what, four blocks? So I wasn’t trying to be the fifth.”

The Warriors dodged a major Klay Thompson injury after J.R. Smith rolling over him in the first quarter. According to Thompson, it’s a minor strained muscle and he’ll be fine for Game 2. After returning in the second quarter, Klay Thompson played for 45 minutes and scored 24 points.

At the end of the game, Tristan Thompson was ejected after losing his temper. With 5 seconds left in the game, Shaun Livingston took a mid-range shot, only to be fouled by Tristan Thompson. Confusion arose as some were not sure if it was a serious foul. However, Tristan Thompson lost his temper.

When asked about it, he said that it is an unwritten rule that if you are leading by more than 8-10 points, you don’t take a shot close to the buzzer. Livingston didn’t follow it, and that was unfair. Steve Kerr said that he encourages his players to never try to get a 24-second violation. After the call, there was a lot of reviewing to know if suspensions should be given, but both squads will have their full complement of players minus Iguodala for Game 2.

All in all, Game 1 was better than expected.

Game 2

To move forward, a little post game assesment is needed.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s assessment? “Lucky.”
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue’s assessment? “Robbed.”
James wants the Cavs to put it behind them.
“We’ve got to move on,” James said. “This game is over and done with.”

“The Finals, man, anything is liable to happen,” Curry said.

There was a lot of talk about how this series would be a sweep for the Warriors, but with 51 points and if not for the JR Smith gaffe, Lebron James has shown that he isn’t going to let the Warriors breeze through. The Warriors however are well aware of this, they know its going to be a fight.

Both teams are prepared and ready for the next battle. Game 2 tips off on Sunday at 5PM Pacific.

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

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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

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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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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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