Spurs fans file lawsuit against Pachulia, Warriors
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 7:50
"I don't think we believed", he said. "But the thing that worries me is that he did it again, the exact same thing". A lot of treatment.
"So I literally start to go, and I'm going to get in the far left lane to go through where we all go through, and a cop out of nowhere pulls in front of me and goes, 'Hey, you, stop!'" he said.
The lawsuit argues that, as a season ticket holder, Vazquez doesn't deserve to have his team's players targeted for injury because the team becomes less likely to win the National Basketball Association title.
"In Game 3, I expect to see a different team", said Popovich, with hopes of Leonard being available for the next two games in Texas Saturday and Monday. "If he doesn't, it's over and we have to go and compete as hard as we can and do our best game". The Spurs were outscored 58-33 after Leonard left the game as they could not survive without their best offensive and defensive player. Part of that is because the game was out of hand for the entire final three quarters, but that's the vicious cycle you play with the Warriors.
The blowout capped a miserable few days for San Antonio, who on Sunday had squandered a 25-point third quarter lead before Leonard suffered his ankle injury that left him sidelined on Tuesday. Gregg Popovich said the Spurs didn't believe they could win without Leonard in Game 2 and it showed in their level of play and body language. Leonard injured his ankle after Pachulia came underneath him on a close-out (video here).
"That's just been the message all year, just play with urgency and start the game off with some energy and throw the first punch", Durant said. Don't want to hobble around or shoot off-balance shots. "If he doesn't, we will try to face the game as if it's a Game 7". "That's just my mindset right now, just trying to get better".
Popovich said if Leonard remained in the game and San Antonio lost, he would go to practice the next day and "move on".
Pachulia's action, the complaint reads, "devastated the quality of the Spurs' chances of being competitive and having additional games in their home arena, both in the Western Conference Finals and also potentially in the NBA Finals" and also negatively affected "the value of the tickets purchased by plaintiff subsequent to their purchase".