NBA will not review play involving Kawhi Leonard's injury

Leonard re-injured ankle during play involving Warriors center Zaza Pachulia

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor, Greg Simmons - Sports Anchor/Director

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - NBA officials said Monday that it will not review the play that led to Spurs' forward Kawhi Leonard's re-injuring of his left ankle during Sunday's loss against the Golden State Warriors.

League officials said the play will stand.

Leonard was injured in the third quarter when Warriors center Zaza Pachulia foot slid under Leonard's after he took a jump shot.

The All-Star forward didn't return to the game. He has been ruled out for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Monday went off on Pachulia, saying that his actions were "inappropriate" and "dangerous."

"And this particular individual has a history with that kind of action," Popovich said. "A totally unnatural close out that the league has outlawed years ago."

Pachulia disagreed, saying that he is not a dirty player.

“I did whatever I had to do (and) I wish he hadn’t landed on my foot and honestly had no idea that (Leonard) landed on my foot until I turned back and he was already on the ground,” Pachulia said. “I really feel bad for the guy and I wish it didn’t happen.”


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