Zaza strikes again… and many aren’t happy about it

Zaza Pachulia of the Warriors "struck" again Saturday night, this time on Russell Westbrook of the Thunder.

Zaza Pachulia’s reputation as one of the most dangerous players in the NBA has come honestly, especially after he undercut Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals last season, a play that KO’d Leonard for the rest of the playoffs.

Pachulia, the starting center for the Golden State Warriors, struck again Saturday night, this time against Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

And Kyrie Irving was only one of several players who expressed similar reactions to Pachulia’s play.

First, the most recent victim himself, Westbrook.

Westbrook’s Thunder teammate, Paul George, supported his claim.

For his part, Pachulia denied he tried to hurt Westbrook;

After reading Westbrook’s quotes from a reporter’s phone, Pachulia just shook his head before calling Westbrook’s accusations “childish.”

“I don’t want to go back and forth on those kind of things,” Pachulia told reporters. “That’s not the case.”

Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers didn’t agree with Pachulia’s assessment, when asked about it.

For those who may have missed Pachulia’s taking out of Leonard in the WCF last season, here’s a refresher:

Here’s a compilation of some of Pachulia’s… highlights:

3 Comments on "Zaza strikes again… and many aren’t happy about it"

  1. Between ZaZa Gabor and Green, the Warriors have their share of goons to protect KD, Steph and what’s his name.

  2. Enough is enough with this goon. I was so angry about the dirty close out on Kawhi. Now this. If the NBA actually cares about protecting ALL PLAYERS- not just their precious cash cow Warriors- they will suspend him for this.

  3. Nick Young actually took out Westbrooks legs in the air. From the time you start playing ball, you are taught that is unacceptable. He hops on one leg to be able to keep his leg up to trip Westbrook. Both Warriors deserve suspensions.

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