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.

The NBA released the first returns for All-Star Game voting earlier today, and in the West, Warriors role player Zaza Pachulia sits second among frontcourt players, behind only Kevin Durant . 8 LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 101,724.

Durant scored 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 34 points, while Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and nine rebounds. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant , center, shoots between San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge 12), guard Manu Ginobili.

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.

Without Leonard, the Spurs couldn’t counter an onslaught from Stephen Curry (40 points) and Kevin Durant (34 points). Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia , right, defends San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday in Oakland.

Without their best player, the Spurs’ offense turned into a series of LaMarcus Aldridge fadeaways and turnovers, and the Warriors’ offense did the explosion thing we just talked Kevin Durant asked about the "twitter debate" over whether Zaza Pachulia 's play where Kawhi Leonard got hurt was dirty.

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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