San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich shifted the attention of the Western Conference finals away from his team's problems Monday and squarely onto what he labeled the unsportsmanlike means by which the Golden State Warriors grabbed an early lead in the best-of-seven series.
"It's the playoffs. You've got to expect everything", Curry said. "He goes, 'Mike, I didn't know that was you, '" Brown recalled. We wish that he gets healthy.
"We played an outstanding game for a half and a little bit".
If the goal of the accusation was to get people talking about anything other than the historic collapse of the Spurs in Game 1, Popovich succeeded. It's definitely a nice way to win Game 1. Markieff Morris did the same after the Washington forward landed on Al Horford's foot in Game One of their Eastern Conference semifinal, knocking him out of a game the Celtics rallied to win. The Warriors went on an 18-0 run, erasing most of a 23-point Spurs lead.
One Spurs fan is gathering signatures as a part of a change dot org petition seeking to have Zaza Pachulia banned from the National Basketball Association stating, "the play we witnessed, in which Kawhi Leonard was injured and removed from a critical game, will go down as one of the "dirtiest" in playoff history".
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The Lakers followed up a 57-25 regular season by carrying an unbeaten postseason record into the Finals as they sought their third straight title. He had 26 points and eight rebounds in just 24 minutes of action.
During the third quarter, Pachulia closed out on a Leonard shot attempt and appeared to put his foot under Leonard after the shot.
When Leonard came down his already injured left ankle rolled off Pachulia's shoe and he crumbled in pain.
"I can't jump really high anyway", said the Spurs' Australian point guard, generating laughs from reporters. "Now the real challenge is going on the road and trying to get some wins". He made all 11 of his free throws.
Popovich was left perplexed and downright disgusted that his team got dominated in such embarrassing fashion without Leonard, who re-injured his tender left ankle in Game 1 after stepping on Pachulia's foot.
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"It's a tough break". But when you're one of the best players in the league, playing on the NBA's postseason stage against the league's best team, it becomes a big deal. "So we couldn't react to his absence". Here's everything you need to know including Spurs vs. Warriors Game 2 live stream with the ESPN, WatchESPN app and more.
His 3-pointer with 7:53 to play got Golden State within 94-88, then he drove to his left and right by Kyle Anderson for an emphatic one-handed slam the next possession to ignite a deafening sellout crowd.
"I don't think we believed", he said.
Yet for much of the afternoon, the Spurs outplayed the mighty Warriors on both ends of the floor.
Popovich wasn't about to guess whether Leonard would return in time for Saturday's game, saying it could be Friday or even game day before that would be determined.
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Referring to Golden State forward Draymond Green, Rose said: "Draymond talked a lot after the game how basically he was gassed at halftime because the team had been off multiple days and the Spurs were just coming off a series and seemed the team more in shape to perform at the beginning of the game".
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