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Raptors, Siakam dominate, claim Game 1 victory over Warriors

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Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 point

TORONTO (Diya TV) – Before Game 1, there was an enormous amount of commotion about whether the Raptors are the Warriors’ hardest opponent in the NBA Finals during the Stephen Curry era. And now, it has been proven true. There is a different question lingering in the minds of millions of fans. Will the Warriors defend their title, or will their dynasty crumble to the first time finals contenders?

Historically speaking, the winner of Game 1 is also the winner of the finals around 70.8% of the time. This may not be the case for the reigning champs, but it is definitely a tight spot for them. When confronted with the situation, Steve Kerr said, “The experience helps…nothing is going to catch these guys off guard, and they are very accustomed to the rhythm and tone of a seven-game series and how long it takes, how many twists and turns there are.” He expressed his confidence in his team, while also conceding that the Raptors did outplay them.

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Pascal Siakam showed everyone why he is a frontrunner in the Most Improved race. He silenced the Warriors while scoring 32 points, 20 of which came in the second half, when the Warriors are most dominant. Draymond Green, however, took the blame for the Warriors’ lack of defense and is hoping to improve before Game 2. When asked about Siakam, Draymond said “…I got to do a better job of taking his (Siakam’s) rhythm away, and I will, but he had a great game. But that’s on me.” Draymond has been stuck in the midst of a huge reorganization with started with Kevin Durant. In his pregame interview, Steve Kerr said that he trusts Draymond to “make the right decision.” Draymond has an affect both on and off the court, recording his third triple-double in a row tonight.

Curry continued his streak of 30+ points while also becoming the first player to make 100 career three-pointers in the Finals. Kawhi Leonard, on the other hand, had a subtle presence in the game. He was the target of the Warriors, indirectly helping Siakam seal the win. These two forces are sure to clash in the rest of the Finals, and it will certainly be an interesting battle between these two legacy-makers.

Looking Ahead

Steve Kerr confirmed that Kevin Durant will not play in Game 2, and the Warriors can’t receive comfort that Kevin Durant might play in Oakland. The Raptors will continue to have home court advantage for Game 2. If the Warriors can prevail, they might actually continue their dynasty without it crumbling. The Warriors sights are already set on Game 2. Stephen Curry said that everybody is “…focusing on what they need to do differently and the overall energy bump that we need to have and then go steal Game 2.”

The Raptors must keep their momentum going as they head into Game 2. They have won their 5 last games and are definitely looking to get the most out of their home-court advantage. Even though Kevin Durant isn’t playing in Game 2, Kawhi’s take on Kevin Durant returning is that “…everybody knows who he is and for sure we’re going to have to prep for him.”

Catch courtside postgame analysis by Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur & Jonathan Choe from Game 1

The second game will be on Sunday, June 2 at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific in Scotiabank Arena, Toronto.

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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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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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