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Popovich rips Zaza, Kawhi likely out for Game 2

San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich held nothing back Monday morning when asked about Zaza Pachulia and his controversial close-out on Kawhi Leonard.

Popovich ripped Pachulia, calling the move a “Totally unnatural close-out that the league has outlawed years ago.”

“We’ve had a pretty damn good season,” said Popvich. “We played fairly well in the playoffs. I think we’re getting better. We’re up 23 points in the third quarter, against Golden State, and Kawhi goes down like that. And you want to know if our chances are less? You want to know how we feel? That’s how we feel.”

Leonard underwent an MRI Monday and will not play in Game 2. Leonard left the game after aggravating his left ankle sprain thanks to Pachulia’s close-out Sunday Night during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.