San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich lashed out at Golden State Warriors centre Zaza Pachulia on Monday, blaming the Georgian global for unsafe play over the incident that has ruled his star forward Kawhi Leonard out of Game Two of their National Basketball Association Western Conference Finals.
Leonard didn't return, giving Golden State an opening for an 18-0 run that keyed the comeback win.
"It looked pretty collective to me". "So one would logically think maybe it will take longer, but I'm hoping that's not true and that we'll have him for Game 3". "The truth always quote-un-quote sets you free. I see the auto trying to inch forward, I'm like, 'He's about to get arrested.' I said, 'Pop, this is my own building.' He goes, 'I know, when I saw it was you, I died laughing'".
"Sometimes luck comes into play", he added. We felt sorry for ourselves. He played well in Game 6 in Leonard's absence and will need to be up to the challenge again as he faces a dominant Warriors offense.
Admittedly, not being a Spurs fan, I didn't recall all of those specific times Pachulia tried to maim or cripple one of Pop's players, so I took to the internet. It might not be enough to push the Spurs over the top against the mighty Warriors sans Leonard, but it is probably a prerequisite. The Warrior bench continued to pour it on, and the game ended with the Warriors just barely pulling out a narrow win: 136-100.
Kawhi Leonard sprained his left ankle for the second time during Game 1 and third time in six days.
Zaza Pachulia, left, has a knack for getting under opponents' skin. They trailed by nine entering the final frame, but the damage was done.
WHAT'S NEXT: The teams are scheduled to meet Saturday at AT&T Center in San Antonio for Game 3 of the series.
Pau Gasol's size, rebounding and floor spacing will be crucial in overcoming Golden State's bigmen.
Only Simmons and reserve forward David Bertans (13 points) score in double-figures for the Spurs.
"It's the same play", Brown said. They never led in this game after leading by as many as 25 points on Sunday.
Golden State Warriors' Shaun Livingston knocks the ball out of the grasp of the Spurs' Jonathon Simmons during the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on May 14, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
"I have no idea".
"No, I didn't call the league", Popovich said.
GREGG POPOVICH, Spurs coach, who is calling for Pachulia to be punished.
Patty Mills, who's played much better this playoffs, went just 1-8 from the field and 0-6 from 3-point land.
"The only way I can process is that I don't think they believed".
Popovich said before the game Leonard was back at the hotel "ordering dinner".
Meanwhile, everyone on the Warriors team was hitting their shots and the game wasn't a contest early as the Warriors led by 30 in the second quarter.
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