Lawsuit Request Surrounding Zaza Pachulia, Kawhi Leonard's Injury Denied

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2017

May 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts after an injury during the third quarter in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Spurs 113-111. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Most San Antonio Spurs fans are angry about the Kawhi Leonard injury, but one tried taking it to another level.

According to Nick Moyle of the San Antonio Express-NewsJuan Vazquez filed a lawsuit against the Golden State Warriors and Zaza Pachulia, the player responsible for the injury, on behalf of Spurs season ticket holders.

The lawsuit said Pachulia's "dangerous" action "devastated the quality of the Spurs' chances of being competitive and having additional games in their home arena." 

David Ibanez of KSAT 12 reported a judge denied Vazquez's request for a temporary restraining order against Pachulia. 

"All we are asking from the court is that this type of behavior, that can and does cause serious injury to our team and those that love it, not be allowed in San Antonio," lead attorney Alfonso Kennard, Jr. said.

Pachulia appeared to take an extra step in a closeout against Leonard during Game 1, causing the Spurs star to land awkwardly and further injure his already damaged ankle. San Antonio lost a 23-point lead after he was forced to leave and then dropped Game 2 in a 36-point rout.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich could potentially serve as a witness after his angry rant against the Warriors center on Monday.

"Who gives a damn about his intent?" Popovich said, per Michael C. Wright of ESPN. "Ever heard of manslaughter?"

At the very least, this is a chance for one Spurs fan to showcase his frustration with the disappointing turn of events this postseason.

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