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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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India Rising puts forth valiant effort in loss to Boeheim’s Army in TBT

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SYRACUSE (Diya TV) — With The Basketball Tournament commencing, most eyes have been set on Boeheim’s Army and their path to repeating as champions. However, their first match provided an opponent true to its name: India Rising. 

While one may look at the 90-62 score and disregard the India Rising squad, when watching the game, the team did truly give Boeheim’s Army a run for their money in the first half. Facing a team full of guys who played under one of the greatest basketball coaches ever, Jim Boeheim, India Rising jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and was able to keep pace with Boeheim’s Army for a substantial amount of time. Most people may have written them off early but they kept fighting. They had a clear cut goal to bring attention to basketball players of Indian descent by pulling off a cinderella win and carve a path for themselves. It is clear that they put in their full effort to try and realize those goals.

In the second half, Boeheim’s army was able to pull away but India Rising had made their message clear: Indian ballers should not be overlooked. The box score does not paint the real picture of how much heart, determination, and grit India Rising displayed to get more recognition. General manager Gautam Kapur and head coach Ajay Sharma have done an excellent job overseeing the initiative and giving the best Indian hoopers a chance to shine on a big stage. 

In a 64 team tournament, India Rising stood out and gave a near-professional squad a tough time. For what this team set out to achieve, no heads should be hung low. India Rising should be getting the recognition they so rightfully deserve.

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Warriors win Game 5 at home, now just one game away from the title

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —The Golden State Warriors are just one win away from their fourth title in eight years. The Dubs returned home and overpowered the Boston Celtics 104-94 to take a 3-2 series lead, even though Stephen Curry only scored 16. Infact, Curry did not make a single three, a first in the last 3.5 years. Andrew Wiggins on the other hand matched Tatum while scoring a team-high 26 points and added 13 rebounds, including the dagger dunk to finish off Boston. 

Draymond Green saw glimpses of a turnaround game as he was very close to a triple double before fouling out for the 3rd time in this series. Klay Thompson made a great contribution on the offensive end with 21 points, on the third anniversary of his horrific injury in the finals against the Cavaliers in 2019 . The Warriors trio of Curry, Thompson and Green were able to cement themselves even further with their 20th Finals win together, the most of any trio over the past 30 years.

The Celtics saw franchise star Jayson Tatum have a better game scoring wise than the last game with a team-high 27 points. But while Tatum showed up for game 5, Jaylen Brown did not. When both of those players are on at the same time, the Celtics can light it up. However, there has been inconsistency from both throughout the Finals. The C’s will need both guys to be on for them to fend off the Dubs and force a Game 7.

The Warriors can close out the series and add a 7th ring to their collection with a win on Thursday in the hostile environment of TD Garden. A collective team effort would do the trick as in Game 4, Curry shouldered the load while the rest of his supporting cast did the same for him. The Celtics will look to put forth their best effort of the season in a final effort to keep their season alive. It could very well come down to if both Tatum and Brown can prove they can be a dynamic duo on the biggest stage.

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Warriors seal Game 4 victory with an epic Steph Curry performance, tie series 2-2

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BOSTON (Diya TV) — The Warriors, seal Game 4 victory with a vintage Stephen Curry performance, evened up the NBA Finals in an absolute thriller, winning 107-97.

The start of the game saw both teams match each other pound for pound with Boston ultimately taking the first quarter by a single point. There were notions before the game about Curry having a foot sprain, but he quickly laid those doubts to rest. He began to heat up in the first quarter (and talked some trash along the way). Conversely, Draymond Green continued his finals performance with more fouls than points. Robert Williams III showed off his skills as a rim protector on defense, which was a missing piece for the Celtics up until the point of Williams’ return. In the first half, Curry and Jayson Tatum battled against each other in classic star matchup fashion with Curry scoring 19 and Tatum going for 16. Tatum was money from beyond the arc (made 3 out of his 4 three-point attempts), just like he’s been all Finals as he’s been shooting 48% on 3’s.

The officiating in the first half was questionable, especially in the second quarter when Payton Pritchard clearly traveled and yet a foul was called instead. This set off Warriors HC Steve Kerr and his temper led to him getting a technical foul. For a non-call to be that egregious and then to double down by giving Kerr the technical foul is asinine and something that certainly sparked controversy. Attention was also brought to the Celtics free throw attempts versus the Warriors (15 and 5 respectively) even with both teams attacking the basket often. Despite this disparity, the Warriors were able to keep it within 5 at the end of the half.

More Curry magic continued in the second half with him carrying the team on his back, in essence. 43 points highlight the stat line but when watching the game, it was clear as day that he was really the only dependable source of scoring throughout the ballgame for the Dubs. With 7 threes made tonight, we saw the greatest shooter in league history go to work and will his team to victory. In the biggest stage of basketball, Curry made his mark once again.

The Celtics now face a daunting Game 5 heading to San Francisco. Winning both games on their home court would have all but sealed a championship for them. But now, the door has not only creaked, but swung wide open. The #1 defense in the NBA will gameplan to try and find answers for Curry. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be facing a challenging environment in Chase Center, but one they are familiar with. 

Meanwhile, the Warriors will look to capitalize off the momentum and adrenaline this win has given them. Off the heels of a classic performance, Curry will try to carry on his titanium-strong Finals MVP case. Draymond Green, coming back to friendly faces in San Francisco, will try to turn around an awful stretch. This series is shaping up to be a dramatic one with both teams trading blows. Game 5 should deliver more popcorn-worthy entertainment, especially if Stephen Curry is involved.

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