Gregg Popovich spent his Monday morning’s press availability in Oakland ripping into Zaza Pachulia for his foul that caused Kawhi Leonard to re-injure his left ankle. That injury will keep Leonard out of the Spurs’ lineup for Game 2 against the Warriors, and the play was critiqued by many on social media for being a dirty play.
After the game, players asked about it on both sides, including Leonard, insisted it wasn’t an intentionally dirty play and just a mishap on a contested shot. However, the extra shuffle from Pachulia to get under Leonard drew criticism online and from Popovich on Monday after he watched it again. Pop called out Pachulia’s history of dirty play against the Spurs and told reporters to just go ask David West, now on the Warriors, about Pachulia after they got into it when Zaza was with the Mavs a year ago in the playoffs.
West wasn’t willing to bite on any questions about Pachulia being a dirty player, simply repeating some form of “he plays hard” over and over.