- The Washington Times - Monday, May 15, 2017

Kawhi Leonard left Game 1 of the Warriors-Spurs series with an ankle injury, but the San Antonio forward defended the play that aggravated the injury.

Leonard said Warriors center Zaza Pachulia wasn’t dirty after closing out on a jump shot Leonard had already taken. 

Leonard, who was already dealing with an ankle injury, landed awkwardly after Pachulia’s foot was in the way, causing Leonard to grab his ankle in pain. He did not return and the Spurs blew a 25-point lead to lose 113-111.

There was debate whether Pachulia went under the shot on purpose.

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