Popovich fury at Pachulia over Leonard injury


Leonard underwent an MRI on his left ankle/foot Monday.

"It was so amusing", Popovich told reporters.

Stephen Curry scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in a 33-16 first-quarter run-away, propelling the Warriors into a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that now shifts to San Antonio. Being an agitator or attempting to get under the skin of an opponent is one thing, but making obviously risky, dirty plays is something else, and that last little step from Pachulia definitely qualifies. It's just not what anybody does to anybody else.

"This particular individual has a history with that kind of action", Popovich said.

This is obviously the biggest story, as Leonard is doubtful (Gregg Popovich is not expecting him to play), and key Warriors reserve Andre Iguodala also may sitting.

"This is the game of basketball, a lot of insane stuff happens on the court, unfortunately", he said. All I care about is what happened.

OK, I know that's a lot of points, but is it that unrealistic?

"Obviously a very risky situation for players, and the referee luckily stayed on that play all the way until the shooter landed and the foul was called on the play".

"Zaza's not a dirty player". I wish he hadn't landed on my foot, and honestly I had no idea he had landed on my foot until I turned back and he was already on the ground. "As a group they just let themselves down", Popovich said.

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"Because he has this history, it can't just be, 'Oh, it's inadvertent".

"Who gives a (darn) what his intent was?" You ever heard of manslaughter? "I don't want to talk too much about Patty Mills because the more good things I say the more we're going to have to pay him", Popovich cracked before the game. All I care about is what I saw. "And the history there makes me very very angry".

Warriors acting coach Mike Brown said, "We feel like there's a long list of guys we can choose from, based on who's on the floor for the Spurs at the time and how our flow is offensively and defensively".

"I'm like, 'This is great, I didn't have to stop for any of these red lights, '" Brown said. LaMarcus is not a dirty player. "Somebody's got to teach him that when the California Highway Patrol tells you to move over, you move over".

"That play? I've watched it and, yeah, I thought he took an extra step", Bowen said, via Bleacher Report. The Warriors would go on to outscore the Spurs by 11 in the fourth quarter to win 113-111.

The incident led to Spurs' All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard being forced to the locker room after aggravating an ankle injury.

Warriors: San Antonio forced 19 turnovers and had six steals among the Warriors' initial nine miscues.

Leonard scored 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting in almost 24 minutes to go with eight rebounds and three assists.