While Kawhi Leonard didn’t want to say Zaza Pachulia made a dirty play by taking an extra step on a closeout, which ended up injuring the Spurs star, his coach decided to unleash all sorts of accusations toward the Warriors center.
A two-step, lead with your foot closeout is not appropriate, Gregg Popovich said Monday at practice. It’s dangerous. It’s unsportsmanlike. It’s just not what anybody does to anybody else. And that particular individual has a history with that type of action.
Popovich then brought up an incident with Patty Mills, a previous one with Leonard and a moment last season with then-Spur David West and Pachulia.
I don’t think Boston fans need any more pumping up, James said Wednesday morning at the Cavs shootaround (via ESPN.com). They’re born with ‘pump,’ if that makes any sense.
Boston last reached the conference finals in 2012 when the Celtics lost to James’ Heat in seven games. But James doesn’t feel any sentimentality toward TD Garden.
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It don’t matter, he said. Just to be part of the postseason is a treat for me. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of it for 12 straight years at this point now, so any building I’m able to walk into at any point of the playoffs is always a treat.
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The Cavs’ 10-day layoff entering this series could play a factor, but James believes Boston’s fans will snap his team back into the flow of the game.
We’ve been around the flow for eight days now. But (not) a game situation, James said. Getting into the flow … it shouldn’t be too hard… these fans and this atmosphere and this team that we’re playing against should put us right back where we need to be.