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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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Deaths of Indian American family in Iowa ruled murder-suicide

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Iowa murder suicide

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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Iowa Family killed

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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