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Carlos Santana rocks the national anthem before Game 2 of the NBA Finals

Carlos Santana performs the national anthem before Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L. Cox/USA Today Sports)
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With Game 2 of the NBA Finals again hosted by the Golden State Warriors, it made perfect sense to trot out Carlos Santana for the national anthem. After all, the veteran rocker was born in Mexico, but he went to middle and high school in the Bay Area, and he performed similar honors for the San Francisco Giants during last year’s World Series.

During that gig, Santana was accompanied by his son, Salvador, on keyboards. On Sunday, the guitar icon did a rendition of the anthem with his wife, Cindy Blackman, on drums.

Blackman is an accomplished jazz drummer, but she might be familiar to rock fans from her time playing with Lenny Kravitz. For instance, she lent a her talents to his 1993 hit, “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”

Interestingly, Blackman hails from Ohio, creating the possibility that the Warriors had the national anthem performed by a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers. But even if that’s the case, it was worth it for Santana’s rockin’, vocals-free arrangement.

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