Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after getting hit in the face during the first half of Game 6 of the second round of the Western Conference NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Houston.
There are three days of rest between Game 2 and Game 3, which will be on Saturday back in San Antonio.
"I'm not a dirty player". "I really feel bad for the guy and I wish it didn't happen". "They have so many weapons that the game could swing in a heartbeat, as we experienced".
Leonard's injury when he landed on Zaza Pachulia's foot and turned his already tender left ankle severely altered Game 1 and possibly the entire series.
So-a day after the Spurs' legendary coach lit into President Donald Trump-there was Popovich hell to pay, and he did his growling best, calling Pachulia's actions "dangerous" and "unsportsmanslike" and bringing up Pachulia's previous brushes with overt physicality on the basketball floor.
Golden State hopes to develop players like Patrick McCaw and Ian Clark into key guys who can, say, come off the bench and sustain a "Curry flurry" lead. We've got nothing but respect for him. We have to continue to go out there and play.
Spurs - SF Kawhi Leonard (Doubful, ankle), PG Tony Parker (Out For Season, quadricep). I love this game and I'm playing hard. "We'll figure it out". Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was not pleased with the aggressive nature of Pachulia's closeout that led to the injury.
However, when pressed to explain whether he viewed Pachulia as a dirty player, Rose said, "No, it was a fragrant play - not dirty - because dirty puts emotion into it". "They upped their defensive pressure, and we kind of got rattled from that, not knowing what to go to and being organized". There is no deviation in terms of our attack and our game plan. The Warriors immediately went on an 18-0 run and outscored San Antonio 58-33 after Leonard's exit en route to a 113-111 triumph.
That wasn't enough for ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy, who argued that Pachulia should have been called for a flagrant one for intentionally sliding under Leonard, which both players denied.
Popovich said Bowen is being singled out, citing incidents where New Jersey's Richard Jefferson and Dallas' Josh Howard sprained ankles after landing on Miami's Shaquille O'Neal and Golden State's Mickael Pietrus. I don't know what else that you want from him or what you want him to do. So it makes it a lot less predictable.
So, sports writers across the land wanted to know: Is Zaza Pachulia a dirty player?
Realizing the potential for ankle injuries - a problem for Warriors star Stephen Curry earlier in his career - the National Basketball Association made the play one of its points of emphasis for officials before the 2013-14 season, stressing that shooters had to be given the freedom to land. Forward Andre Iguodala was listed as questionable because of a sore left knee that limited him to 10 minutes in Game 1.
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