Sport LaMarcus Aldridge appears to pull a Zaza Pachulia on Kevin Durant

06:35  17 may  2017
06:35  17 may  2017 Source:   Larry Brown Sports

Gregg Popovich accuses Zaza Pachulia of 'totally unnatural closeout' on Kawhi Leonard

  Gregg Popovich accuses Zaza Pachulia of 'totally unnatural closeout' on Kawhi Leonard Leonard has been ruled out for Game 2 of Spurs-Warriors.Pop said Kawhi isnt playing Game 2.

Over the weekend, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made a big fuss about Zaza Pachulia being a dirty player for stepping under Kawhi Leonard after Last night, LaMarcus Aldridge pulled a similar move on Kevin Durant and took an extra step into the Warriors superstar as he was taking his jump shot.

Gregg Popovich has some explaining to do, or he needs to chew out LaMarcus Aldridge for seemingly trying to hurt Kevin Durant . One game after Zaza Pachulia ’s infamous closeout on Kawhi Leonard resulted in the San Antonio Spurs losing their star forward, Aldridge pulled a similar move.

May 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) reacts after a basket and foul against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena.© Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports May 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) reacts after a basket and foul against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Gregg Popovich has some explaining to do, or he needs to chew out LaMarcus Aldridge for seemingly trying to hurt Kevin Durant.

One game after Zaza Pachulia’s infamous closeout on Kawhi Leonard resulted in the San Antonio Spurs losing their star forward, Aldridge pulled a similar move.

Late in the second quarter, the Golden State Warriors were up by 29 points when Aldridge was on the perimeter guarding Durant. After Durant went up for a jumper, Aldridge put his hand up to contest the shot, took a step towards Durant in the process, and then after coming too late, took yet another step so that his left foot was directly under Durant’s right foot when it came down.

Pachulia responds to Popovich: “I’m not a dirty player”

  Pachulia responds to Popovich: “I’m not a dirty player” Warriors center Zaza Pachulia sidestepped the controversy over his role in Kawhi Leonard’s injury Monday.Warriors center Zaza Pachulia sidestepped the controversy over his role in Kawhi Leonard’s injury Monday, after Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich ripped Pachulia for the incident and called him a dirty player throughout his career.

Gregg Popovich has some explaining to do, or he needs to chew out LaMarcus Aldridge for intentionally trying to hurt Kevin Durant . One game after Zaza Pachulia ’s infamous closeout on Kawhi Leonard resulted in the San Antonio Spurs losing their star forward, Aldridge pulled the exact

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spent his Monday bashing the Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia for stepping under Kawhi Leonard, knocking the star out of Game 1 and forcing him to miss Game 2 He might expect to explain LaMarcus Aldridge ’s closeout on Kevin Durant from the second quarter, though.

It was literally the exact same thing that Pachulia did to Leonard, which you can see here.

On Monday, Popovich eviscerated Pachulia in a media session for an “unnatural closeout” that he saw as a dirty play. One game later, his player did the exact same thing.

Thankfully Durant wasn’t injured on this play. He very well could have been.

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