NBA playoffs 2017: Zaza Pachulia says Gregg Popovich was ‘very big part’ of death threats

When Zaza Pachulia hopped below the feet of Kawhi Leonard while Leonard was shooting in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, some people thought his intentions were to injure San Antonio’s star forward.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s comments after the game added fuel to an already raging fire.

Pachulia, on the other hand, has been left with the carnage eating away at his reputation. Many now believe the 33-year-old center is a dirty player. Pachulia and his family have even received death threats.

While Pachulia believes he could deal with the backlash had it been directed at just him, he blames Popovich for making the situation an even bigger deal than it already was.

The Warriors are now 14-0 in the postseason, but the coach warned against complacency after the Cavs surged back from 3-1 down to win last year’s Finals between the two teams.

Kerr said: “It’s been a great run, but none of that matters unless we can finish the job with this series. Trust me, we know, it was 2-0 last year and we lost.

“Playing an unbelievably good, competitive team, dominant team. They have what two, three losses the whole playoffs? Now we’ve got go back there, this is where the series Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys changed last year.”

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