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.
NBA just confirmed the play involving Kawhi Leonard and Zaza Pachulia that led to Kawhi's injury will not be reviewed. — Greg Simmons (@GregSimmonsKSAT) May 15, 2017
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.”
#Warriors #Zaza Pachulia responds to #Spurs Popovich comments of him being a dirty player. MORE↪️ https://t.co/kQCQVZmZ38 #KSATnews #Kawhi pic.twitter.com/VVFC593RES — Adrian Garcia (@KSATadrian) May 15, 2017
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