Gregg Popovich livid over Zaza Pachulia play that left Kawhi Leonard injured


USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick discusses Game 1 of the Western Conference final and the issues the Spurs would face against the Warriors if Kawhi Leonard were to miss time with an ankle injury.

One day after the San Antonio Spurs blew a 25-point lead in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, losing their two-way superstar Kawhi Leonard to a rolled ankle in the process, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was still fuming about the play that jeopardized his best player’s health.

“Ask David West, his current teammate, how things went when Zaza (Pachulia) was playing for Dallas, and he and David got into it,” Popovich said on Monday. “And then about the history he’s had and what that means to a team, what happened last night. Totally unnatural close out that the league has outlawed years ago, and pays great attention to it. And Kawhi’s not there. And you want to know how we feel about it. You want to know how that lessens our chances or not. We’re playing very…

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