The Western Conference Finals instantly became a drastic mismatch after Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard got injured in the Game 1. Le0nard hasn’t played since injuring his ankle after landing on Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia’s feet in the third quarter and, directly related, the Spurs haven’t won a game in the series (or been particularly competitive) and are currently down 3-0.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was especially incensed by Leonard’s injury and essentially blamed Pachulia for it. And while Popovich has a point as Pachulia did have an extra and unnecessary shuffle which caused Leonard to get injured, the Warriors big man is now facing far greater consequences of the Spurs coach’s fiery rant than anyone should as Pachulia’s family is dealing with the aftermath of the incident.
According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, Pachulia had to hire extra security guards at his children’s school due to threats he received from rambunctious Spurs fans.