Twitter wondered if this was a dirty play by the Warriors center.
Kawhi Leonard was knocked out of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in the third quarter after turning his ankle for a second time, and a close review of the play led to a debate over the cleanliness of the play which injured the Spurs forward.
A replay showed Warriors center Zaza Pachulia sliding his feet underneath Leonard—who had turned his left ankle minutes prior—just before he landed on a jumpshot. Many raced to their keyboards to call the play dirty, claiming Pachulia moved his feet in order to re-aggrevate Leonard’s ankle.
What Zaza Pachulia just got away with doing just makes me sick. So that's how Golden State has to win now.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 14, 2017
That was absolutely filthy from Pachulia.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 14, 2017
happy mother's day to everyone except zaza pachulia— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) May 14, 2017
I think that Zaza Pachulia play on Leonard changed the whole momentum of the game for the Spurs! Dirty play that sure looked on purpose.— Stacey King (@Stacey21King) May 14, 2017
Was it dirty? You be the judge.
The Spurs diagnosed Leonard with an ankle sprain.