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

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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.

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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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Modi, Jinping meet to deepen India & China ties

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India China ties

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to strengthen ties in a number of fields. Modi even tweeted about the meeting in Chinese.

Seattle Rep. Pramila Jayapal took to the pages of the New York Times in an opinion piece to disclose she once had an abortion. Jayapal said she’s speaking out now because of intensified efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Border Patrol agents believe the body of a child found near the Arizona-Mexico border is a 7 year old girl from India. Agents encountered two women from India who said they had become separated from a woman and two children hours earlier

And the Toronto Raptors became the first NBA team outside of the United States to win a championship, beating the two-time defending Champion Golden State Warriors on their home floor in the final game played at the fabled Oracle Arena 114-110. The game 6 victory was marred by another significant injury to a Warriors player. Klay Thompson tore his ACL and is expected to miss much of next season.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Raptors edge Warriors 114-110 to win 1st NBA Title | 2019 NBA Finals

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Raptors win NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — The Toronto Raptors claimed their first NBA championship, defeating the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the final game ever played at Oracle Arena, home of the Warriors for 47 seasons.

The 114-110 victory in Game 6 means Toronto is the first team from outside the United States to win an NBA title.

Kawhi Leonard won the 2019 Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the third player to earn the honor with multiple teams, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James. Leonard previously won the award with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe analyze the Raptors win and how the Warriors not only lost the game and the series, but their superstar Klay Thompson as well.

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