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Raptors take control of game 4 in 3rd quarter, lead series 3-1 against Warriors

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Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson & Raptors small forward Kwahi Leonard

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — The return of the Warriors’ Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney made it seem, for some time, that the Warriors could beat the Raptors in Game 4. Their presence did help the Warriors, and the Warriors maintained this edge. That is, until halftime. The Raptors came back in the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors by 16 points. This deficit was too much to overcome for the Warriors, and the Raptors prevailed, 105-92. This was the first time in the 2019 Finals that the Warriors scored less than 100 points. The Warriors saying, ‘Strength in Numbers’ was not communicated in Game 4, with the Warriors not scoring more than 25 points in any quarter.

There has only been one time in which a team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals. That was the Cleveland Cavaliers, who overcame it in the 2016 NBA Finals, against the Warriors. Now, the Warriors are in the same position. In order to win the Finals, the Warriors will have to stretch the series to a complete seven games. The Raptors, however, have a chance to win in at home in Game 5.

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The Warriors came out strong, hoping to tie the series 2-2 and take advantage of playing at Oracle Arena. They finished the first quarter with 23 points, while limiting the Raptors to 17. The Raptors cut the lead to 4 points by halftime, but the Warriors still had the edge. However, the third quarter, in which the Warriors’ typically dominate, the Raptors outscored the Warriors by 16 points and claimed the lead for themselves. Klay Thompson came back pumped and ready, drilling 28 points. Steph Curry followed suit with 27. Besides these two, the Warriors offense sputtered.

The Raptors replied with 5 three-pointers, 2 of these daggers hit consecutively by Kawhi Leonard, taking the lead and along with it, the momentum. Serge Ibaka also contributed a large part to the Raptors’ offense, with 20 points off the bench, becoming the first reserve to score at least 20 points and shoot at least 75% from the field in the Finals since 1990. Ibaka, in fact, credited the team with his 20 points, saying, “Man, I was just trying to play basketball out there, and we know they would try to take Kawhi away, double him. So I just tried to play in the space. And also Kawhi and Kyle, all the guys, they did a great job to find me every time I was moving.”

Game 5: Victory or Redemption?

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said “…Home or away, we know how hard we have to play and just focus in on trying to be the hardest working team on the floor. If we do that, then we’ll give ourselves a chance to win and go from there.” The Raptors know that they cannot accept victory now, learning from the Warriors’ mistakes in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors know that they cannot afford to make any mistakes. Kevin Durant is bound to be a big factor in the Finals, but the Warriors cannot rely on it. Injuries are unpredictable so they will need to find a way to counteract the Raptors.

The stakes of Game 5 are enormous. The Warriors are striving to continue their dynasty, and a Game 5 loss can result in it crumbling down. The Warriors will need to win all 3 games left in the series to continue their dynasty and win their third championship in a row. The Raptors have a chance to establish themselves as the new dynasty. Game 5 is one of three chances they will have to win the series. If the Raptor win, the would become the first Canadian team to ever win the NBA Finals.

Game 5 will be in Toronto on Monday at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific.

Watch court-side postgame analysis of Game 4 by Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe.

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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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