Golden State Controversy
Good Defense or Terrible Offense: Is the Golden State Warriors Victory Tainted?
With the NBA finals quickly approaching, many basketball fans and officials are scrutinizing the controversial Golden State Warrior’s Game 1 win against the San Antonio Spurs during the Western Conference finals. The favored Warriors were trailing a substantial 20 points behind the Spurs by halftime. It wasn’t until San Antonio’s MVP Kawhi Leonard was knocked out of the game in the 3rd quarter, due to a severe ankle injury, that the Warriors could overcome the point hump and win the game. Leonard received his injury when Golden State center, Zaza Pachulia got a little “too close for comfort” to the San Antonio Spur during his jump shot. The Warriors’ resulting victory is tied for the 3rd largest halftime comeback in NBA history. Still, what are the odds that the highest scoring Spur on the court is sidelined just when a win seemed so close?
The Fiery Witch Hunt
The fact that Leonard was recovering from a previous injury on the same ankle only fuels suspicions. Head coach of the San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich seems to think so, as he furiously advocated for action against Pachulia. Is this an overreaction though? After all, Pachulia is known to have an aggressive defense and anyone who has seen the video may argue that Pachulia was not even facing Leonard at the time. However, Popovich compares the “accidental” foot slide to manslaughter, stating that ignorance is no excuse for the crime. This is not the first time we have heard about incidents where players crowd shooters. Does the NBA need to crack down on these actions, intentional or unintentional? After all, with millions of dollars on the line, aren’t stricter regulations necessary? Though the play is under investigation by the NBA, for now, whether the Golden State Warriors performed a dirty move is simply a matter of opinion. Whose side are you on?
Since Leonard’s injury kept him off the court for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. With no word yet on Game 3, will this leave The Warriors’ Kevin Durant unopposed? Or will the Spurs persevere? Give us your feedback in the comment section below.