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

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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.

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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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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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