What they should do is tell the truth. On April 18 in 1930 the BBC reported that “there is no news”. They played some piano music and then returned to regular programming. Uninteresting day? Or the most truthful?
Cricket announcers will proclaim “it’s all happening here”, when evidence strongly points to the contrary. Fact is most things are not happening there, and what is happening is probably only a small quoter of total world happenings.
Furthermore basketballers claimed to be “shooting it from downtown” are unlikely to be doing just that. It’s just plain infeasible. If the game was taking place downtown then it could be said that they are “shooting it while in the local area”, but the logistics of competing in the sport from a greatly removed location simply boggle the mind. Best not to engage them with hope. And I so advise.