Angry Spurs Fans Await Zaza Pachulia: ‘I've Seen Worse; It Was Crazy'

You all know what happened early in the third quarter of Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals.

We don't need to rehash the details of the Zaza Pachulia-Kawhi Leonard controversy.

But what we can't avoid is the fact that Pachulia is going to have to deal with an angry reception from Spurs fans on Thursday night.

"I've been in similar situations," Pachulia told Anthony Slater of The Athletic on Wednesday night. "I've seen worse. Worse than boos, playing overseas."


"Coins, cigarettes, lighters, some shoes," he revealed.

"Booing is nothing compared to that," Pachulia told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group. "They were throwing things on the court and waiting outside of the buss and throwing stones at the bus. It was crazy. It's dangerous."

While many people still believe that Pachulia intentionally tried to hurt Kawhi, Steve Kerr once again came to his center's defense.

"Zaza is one of the best people I know," the head coach told reporters on Wednesday. "He's so genuine. He didn't try to do anything. He geuinely felt bad about the injury, as we all did. I never want to see anybody hurt and that's the truth.

"Injuries suck ... I hate when people are hurt, especially in those circumstances where it's kind of a fluke thing.

"I thought Zaza handled it really well. He took a lot of flak, but I know what's in that guy's heart ... competitor, but he's not dirty."

Kawhi will not suit up on Thursday night, as he is still dealing with a quad injury that has sidelined him all season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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