Kawhi Leonard talks about injury after Spurs Game 1 loss; Pachulia also asked about play

Leonard says ankle injury was 'very painful'

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Kawhi Leonard spoke to the media after the Spurs Game 1 loss to the Warriors on Sunday afternoon in Oakland.

Leonard walked into the media session and was asked about the ankle injury, and whether he think he can play going forward.

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“Not sure, just very painful because I tweaked it before, and the last time, the last shot I shot,” Leonard said. "But it’s hard to tell right now, I definitely couldn’t go in that last third quarter."

Leonard was also asked if he thought Warriors center Zaza Pachulia purposely put his foot underneath him as he came down from a shot in the corner.

“No. He was contesting the shot, the clock was coming down. I’ll have to see the play,” Leonard said.


Pachulia was also asked about the play in the Warriors locker room.

“I did what I was supposed to do and challenged a shot," Pachulia said. "I turned around and there was a call and I didn’t notice that he was down until I turned back actually. I didn’t see what happened there.”

Pachulia was also asked for his reaction to those who might have thought it was a dirty play.

"That's really stupid. I don't think I should be making (a) comment,” Pachulia said. "I'm not that good I think to do intentional stuff like that."


The Spurs were ahead of the Warriors 78-55 when Leonard left the court and was officially ruled out of the game.

He had 26 points and eight rebounds mid-way through the third quarter.

The Spurs were outscored by 25 points after Leonard left the game.

Stephen Curry scored 40 points and Kevin Durant added 34 points to rally the Warriors. Game 2 of the West finals is Tuesday evening from Oracle Arena.


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