The Spurs led by 25 points at one point Sunday, but ultimately lost 113-111 after Leonard left the game midway through the third quarter.
He lashed out at Warriors centre Zaza Pachulia, blaming the Georgian global for the unsafe play that has ruled his star Kawhi Leonard out of tomorrow's clash.
Leonard isn't expected to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.
"That was the right defense from my side to challenge the shot", Golden State's Zaza Pachulia said. "No response. I have a lot of respect for coach Pop and their organization, whatever they have done or whatever they're doing". A lot of respect. "We know that they're very capable and that system is as strong as it's been". But, we're going to move on.
"I don't pay attention to it. All I care about is Kawhi's not there". All I care about is tomorrow's game. I'm thinking about our game plan. I'm thinking about putting up a better start. "It's happened to me as well, and once you play this kind of physical game, intense game, things happen".
Was it dirty or just a bad-luck play? Of course, Pachulia would not want to hurt his own teammate - one of the best shooters on the squad, at that - so it appears he is exceedingly clumsy, bumbling and, at times, reckless. "I wish he didn't land on my foot and honestly and I had no idea he landed on it until I turned back and he was already on the ground". "I wish it didn't happen and it had a different result, basically".
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"This is the game of basketball, a lot of insane stuff happens on the court, unfortunately", he said. It happened to me as well.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (76-15 SU, 45-43-3 ATS, 38-53 O/U): Golden State is being led by assistant coach Mike Brown while head coach Steve Kerr continues to deal with complications from back surgery, but Kerr watched the game from the locker room on Sunday and delivered the team a pep talk during halftime with the Warriors down 20 points.
But Bowen then, unlike Pachulia now, played for Popovich. "But I think we come out on edge from the jump, play our game, and we'll be just fine". I'm not a dirty player.
Rose said he and his "Fab Five" teammates at MI went out after losing the NCAA championship game but said when he became a pro and lost a big playoff game, "there was just something in my chest and in my stomach that I was like, 'Man, I don't want to be bothered. That's what I was taught since day one". That's what I've been doing. And that's my last comment about it again. "On my mind is about next game because that's the most important game for me". "So, Game 2?" he said.
Even if Leonard is healthy enough to suit up for Game 2, San Antonio is still a big underdog to the Warriors. Ask David West, his current teammate, how things went when Zaza was playing for Dallas and he and David got into it.... Of course not; he's trying to get his team any edge it can against a heavily favored Golden State team.
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