Zaza Pachulia and the Golden State Warriors have all but skated through the first two rounds of the playoffs and are 10-0 in the postseason. You’d think that the Warriors, like the Hakuna Matata song in Lion King states, “got no worries, for the rest of your days”, have no tensions or worries about their postseason performance.
But alas, Pachulia and the Warriors may not have woes on the court, but they’ve definitely struck a nerve off the court. A San Antonio Spurs fan, obviously upset over the Kawhi Leonard injury and back-to-back losses, filed a lawsuit last Tuesday against Pachulia over the play in game 1 of the Western Conference finals when Zaza went too far while defending Leonard, in which Leonard reaggravated his ankle.
Leonard missed game 1 and all of game 2 for the Spurs in which San Antonio struggled mightily. If you haven’t seen the play, here it is:
Likely to be plenty of postgame chatter about Zaza sliding under Kawhi, especially if Warriors win pic.twitter.com/ygSdG01UAq
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 14, 2017
Pachulia takes an extra step out onto the perimeter and his foot lands on Leonard’s ankle. According to ksat.com, the lawsuit says, “All we are asking from the court is that this type of behavior, that can and does cause serious injury to our team and those that love it, not be allowed in San Antonio.” According to bleacherreport.com, a judge denied the lawsuit and a request to have a restraining order against Pachulia.
Popovich, who looks like the president of the Capitol in the Hunger Games movies, seemed angrier as the interview process went along. Then again, that’s typical Popovich. Even if the team loses, he never seems too happy. At least his expression is more neutral than anything.
I have to say that was some strategic play by Pachulia because the Warriors couldn’t seem to contain the Spurs’ offense with Leonard for most of Game 1. Golden State is now the only team that is undefeated in the postseason, but they need to tread carefully heading into AT&T Center tonight, especially with the fact that Pachulia is questionable for game 4. It seems like Pachulia could do tonight what James Harden did in Game 6 of the last round against the Spurs because of a similar situation.