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Despite injuries, Warriors pull a game 2 victory on the road



Warriors celebrate game 2 win

TORONTO, Canada (Diya TV) – The Warriors have been known for their second half dominance. Their dominance was clear during the series against the Portland Trail Blazers, when they rallied from behind during the second half in three of the four games. In Game 1, however, the Raptors ran the ball better than the Warriors and pulled a well deserved victory. Toronto, in fact, dominated the second half in Game 1. The Warriors revived their dominance in Game 2 and strived toward a positive outcome.

A Team Effort from the Warriors

The Warriors were able to seal the win 109-104 after a dagger three-pointer from Andre Iguodala in the last few minutes of the game. He made his presence known after Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney both exited with injuries. Quinn Cook drilled 3 three-pointers to respond to Kyle Lowry’s comeback attempt. Andrew Bogut, back from the Australian league, made six points in his contribution to the team. Stephen Curry, after a slow start in the first half, scored 23 points and stepped up after Klay, with 25, exited. The real headline was DeMarcus Cousins. He adapted to the Warriors’ style and played an integral part in passing and rebounding. He had a total of 10 rebounds, as well as 6 assists, in Game 2 and like Iguodala, made his presence known after a quiet Game 1.

The Warriors used ball movement to their advantage, as the Raptors would often trap a player. Once the player was able to make a pass, the Warriors used the lack of coverage on the other players to score. They had assists on all of their field goals in the second half. When asked about the Warriors’ second half team effort, Steve Kerr remarked “We (the Warriors) started to look like ourselves and so at that point it just felt better and then the second half we got it rolling and we ended up with 34 assists, which is more like our team.”

The Raptors’ Weaknesses

The Raptors played a great game against the Warriors; however, it was not enough to beat them. Kawhi Leonard, the highest scorer in Game 2, scored 34 points, which was the play we expected to see from him in Game 1. Pascal Siakam, a driving force in Game 1, had only 12 points and went 5 for 18 from the field in Game 2, whereas in Game 1, he had 32 points and went 14 for 17 from the field.

Kyle Lowry snatched some momentum from the Warriors in the fourth quarter, assisting in preventing the Warriors from scoring for approximately 5 minutes in the fourth quarter. However, his foul trouble resulted in him playing less minutes and eventually fouling out late in the fourth.

Nick Nurse expressed his pride in team. Toronto made an incredible effort, and heading into Game 3 in Oracle, they may need to revise their game to maximize their potential and rejuvenate their chances of winning the finals.

Game 3: Road Raptors, Home Warriors

The Warriors will play on their home court, abandoning the “Road” title they had been given before the series. Instead, they are giving the Raptors the “Road” names and playing in what will be their last series in Oracle Arena.

The Raptors are looking ahead to Game 3 with a crystal clear motive in mind: to win. They will mend their game, while finding ways to win the road games in their way. The Warriors share the same motive, but they have a little more work to do. They will need to adjust their rotations, due to the multiple injuries on their roster. With Durant, Thompson, and Looney out for Game 3, the Warriors will need to re-invent.

Game 3 will be in Oracle Arena on Wednesday, June 5 at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific.

Catch court-side postgame analysis by Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur & Jonathan Choe from Game 2.


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



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



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



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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