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Raptors take Game 3 on the road beating Warriors 123-109, lead series 2-1

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Raptors huddle after game 3 victory in Oracle Arena

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) —The Warriors came back to the U.S. hoping to take the lead with home court advantage. However, the strain on the Warriors bench proved too much during the game, and the Raptors prevailed in Game 3, 123-109. The absence of Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, and Kevin Durant and despite Steph Curry’s 47, the Warriors trailed through out the game.

Similar to the Game 1, the Raptors have nudged the Warriors into a tight spot which will be difficult to escape. Historically speaking, if the series is tied at 1-1, the winner of Game 3 in goes on to win approximately 81.6% of the time. The Warriors will need to overcome a big hurdle to win the series. However, injuries are prohibiting the Warriors from coming out with their full array of star-power.

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The Raptors came into Game 3 strong and full of power. Outscoring the Warriors in every quarter, they were able to defend their lead to ensure a win. A big part of their consistency was the spread of points. The Warriors’ main scorer was Stephen Curry, with 47 points, his playoff career high. He took on most of the scoring, with Draymond Green following suit with 17 points. Stephen Curry accounted for around 43.1% of the Warriors’ points.

The Raptors scoring on the other hand was more spread out than the Warriors. Kawhi Leonard lead the Raptors with 30 points, Kyle Lowry had 23, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol followed with 18 apiece, and Marc Gasol with 17. Kyle Lowry had a coherent way of describing how the Raptors were able to win Game 3 over the Warriors. “Kept the pace up, kept our pace up and kept going and trying to get the ball out quick and getting stops and communication and just kept playing,” he said.

Looking Ahead

The injured Warriors will need some of their full cast back to win the series. Steve Kerr confirmed that Kevin Durant will not play in Game 4, but he said that Klay Thompson will most likely play. Klay Thompson’s return will likely be the big difference for the Warriors need both offensively and defensively.

Nick Nurse said in his postgame interview that “Each game’s critical, and the next one will be as critical as tonight’s was. So it’s been like that all through the playoffs, and we just got to guard and play who is out there. That’s all we can do.” This is the essence of the situation right now. Currently, the Raptors are leading the series 2-1, but that can change in a snap at the hands of the experience Warriors. The Warriors need to find a way out of the situation, and every game counts. Every game is as important as the next. Both teams need to focus on one game at a time to prevail in the Finals.

Catch court-side postgame analysis by Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur & Jonathan Choe from Game 3

Game 4 will be in Oracle Arena on Friday, June 7 at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific.

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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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