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Warriors blaze through the Cavs to go up 2-0 in the NBA Finals

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with forward Kevin Durant during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — In Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State warriors put on full display the depth of their lineup and left the Cavaliers heading back to Cleveland in dire straights, down now two game to zero in this best of seven series.

After a tough overtime battle in Game 1, the Warriors drew first blood and never allowed the Cavs to take the lead even once, winning Game 2 122-103. Golden State got off to a quick start in the first quarter with a 15-6 burst just 3:46 into the game. Although the Cavaliers put up a strong fight, the Warriors continued to stretch the lead until a patented Curry flurry in the 4th quarter put the game away.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said “In that third quarter, I thought we did a good job…That’s their (the Warriors), that’s usually the quarter when they extend the lead and come out and kind of blow the doors open… I thought we did a great job of really staying in the course, coming out in the third quarter and attacking offensively… I thought we were more physical, defensively.”
The Cavaliers outscored the Warriors 34-31 in that quarter but fell behind in the fourth.

What Changed from Game 1?

The Warriors chose not to play with their small ball lineup and brought in centers. JaVale McGee had 12 points, the fourth highest on the team while making all of his attempted field goals. David West contributed defensively with 3 blocks in less than 11 minutes and 3 pointer thrown in for good measure.

In total, the Warriors had 8 blocks, but only 3 steals, a reduction from Game 1’s 10. Even so, we saw a decrease of points from LeBron James, from 51 to 29. However, LeBron was one rebound short from a triple-double.
The Warriors saw a change offensively. Stephen Curry hit 9 3-pointers, an NBA Finals record.

Draymond thought there was ‘no way’ Klay Thompson could play in Game 2. Even so, Klay Thompson went for 20 points. Defensively, the Cavaliers were unable to reel it in. J.R. Smith portrayed it as ‘miscommunications’. In Game 1, the Cavaliers quickly adjusted to screens. However, the Warriors fast pace proved too much.

Looking Ahead


After Game 1, LeBron’s response was to “put it behind him.” He had the same response after Game2. We’ve seen before, how the Cavaliers come back at home and regain control of the series. The Cavaliers are in a similar position as 2016 Finals. Klay Thompson mentioned, “we are extremely focussed. This team has been down 2-0 in the last series (2 years ago) and came back to win it. It’s nothing to feel happy about being up 2-0. This team plays great at home, and we expect their other guys to play even better at home, too, not just LeBron.”

Kevin Love said, “So we just have to be better, and I think just going home and being in front of our crowd for Game 3 of The Finals will be huge for us.”

LeBron, on the other hand, is not counting on a boost at home. “You know, we’ve got an opportunity to go home, and we played some really good basketball on our home floor. But that shouldn’t give us any comfort. We should still be uncomfortable with the series as we were in Game 1 and as we were tonight,” he says.
Before Game 1, the Warriors were favored to win the series. Questions arose after Game 1, and those questions were shot down after Game 2.
As for now, Game 3 could be the final straw for the Cavs. They have done it before, in 2016 most notably, but will they have enough overcome the deficit again? Game 3 is on Wednesday June 6th, 9PM EST.

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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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