The Golden State Warriors came away with a narrow 113-111 victory in the Western Conference Finals as they came back from a 23-point deficit in the third quarter.
A big reason for the comeback was due to the absence of San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, who went down in the third quarter with an ankle injury. With Leonard on the floor, the team’s differential was +21 and without Leonard it was a staggering -22.
Although Leonard had injured his ankle twice during the game, the most significant blow came as Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia stepped under him after a jump shot.
Pachulia spoke after the game on the alleged intent of the close out.
Zaza Pachulia on whether he undercut Kawhi Leonard: "That's really stupid. … I hate anybody going down like that. … I'm an athlete too."
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 14, 2017