By Bill O’Neil
San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to the play that put Kawhi Leonard out of Sunday Afternoon’s Game 1 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals–or the player who was in the middle of it all for Golden State.
“A totally unnatural closeout that the League has outlawed years ago–and pays great attention to it… and Kawhi’s not there… and you want to know how we feel about it” Popovich told reporters Monday.
The Coach also detailed what he described as a history of dirty play on the part of the Warriors Zaza Pachulia.
“Ask David West–his current teammate–when Zaza was playing for Dallas and he and David got in to it” Popovich said, his frustration growing as he continued.
Popovich said he doesn’t expect Leonard will be able to play for the Spurs in Game 2 Tuesday Night in Oakland.
“We’ve had a pretty damn good season… we’ve played fairly well in the Playoffs… I think we’re getting better. We’re up 23 points in the 3rd quarter against Golden State–and Kawhi goes down–like that” Popovich said.