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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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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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