Zaza Pachulia kicks chair, scrapes shin: 'Maybe not the smartest thing'

Zaza Pachulia kicks chair, scrapes shin: 'Maybe not the smartest thing'

OAKLAND -- Zaza Pachulia wasn’t happy with his work Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. So he took it out on an inanimate object.

The 6-foot-11, 275-pound center kicked a chair.

“Fortunately, he didn’t get injured or anything,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday after practice. “But he’s got a scraped-up shin from kicking the chair.”

Said Pachulia: “I just reacted. It was maybe not the smartest thing. But it was pretty good for me to just kind of get it out and refresh myself. I’m glad that it’s just a little scratch on my shin and that’s it.”

Pachulia under most circumstances has trouble finishing in traffic in the paint. He really struggled on this occasion, missing all five of his shots, four of which were within arms length of the bucket, with each fail sending an audible groan through the crowd at Oracle Arena.

“I didn’t perform as well as I was supposed to,” he said. “It’s part of the season, a long season.”

Pachulia, flashing his humor, invoked the name Enes Kanter, the Oklahoma City big man who earlier this season fractured his forearm punching a chair in anger. Kanter missed four weeks.

“I definitely don’t want to be the second one doing that,” Pachulia said.

Fortunately for the Warriors, Pachulia’s wounds are superficial and will not force him to the sideline.

“It was a tough night for him,” Kerr said. “But everybody has a tough night in the NBA. He’s such a competitor; he came to the bench and kicked a chair. I used to do that all the time.”

Jazz hold off Clippers in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

Jazz hold off Clippers in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

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LOS ANGELES -- Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Utah controlled the paint, and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Hayward returned after missing most of Utah's win in Game 4 because of food poisoning that caused him to lose weight and energy.

Chris Paul's 3-pointer drew the Clippers within two with 5 seconds left. After George Hill hit two free throws, Paul struggled getting the ball under control near the sideline and couldn't do anything as time expired.

The Jazz made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three by Rodney Hood, who finished with 16 points.

Paul led the Clippers with 28 points and J.J. Redick added 26 with injured star Blake Griffin watching from the bench, his right foot encased in a black walking boot.

The Jazz can clinch the series with a victory in Game 6 on Friday night in Salt Lake City.

The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth to tie the game. They made 12 of 15 free throws in the final period, but never managed to take the lead.

Paul and Hayward were called for double technical fouls with 40 seconds to go. Paul had already pushed Hayward in the back after they got tied up scrambling for a rebound in front of Utah's bench. Hayward made both shots for a 90-85 lead.

Joe Johnson's step back jumper extended Utah's lead to 92-87.

Neither team shot well, but the Jazz were better at most everything else. They owned a 34-28 edge in the paint, and the team that has done so has won each of the first five games in the best-of-7 series.

Utah outscored the Clippers on second-chance and fast-break baskets.

Utah took the game's first double-digit lead early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Hood that made it 69-58.

The Clippers clawed back with an 11-0 run featuring five straight free throws by Redick and two consecutive 3-pointers from Paul that tied the game at 69-all.

Suddenly, the quiet crowd was on its feet cheering and Utah called time out.

The Jazz regrouped to take a 77-69 lead. They ran off eight straight, capped by Haywood's 3-pointer after the Clippers' defense shut down Hill inside and forced him to pass out to the perimeter with the shot clock winding down.

TIP-INS:
Jazz: Neither team has won by more than eight points so far in the series.

Clippers: Griffin's injured big right toe needs further evaluation before it's decided whether he'll require surgery. ... G Austin Rivers played 17 minutes in his return from a strained left hamstring. He was 0 of 4 and had two points. ... They fell to 1-11 all-time in Game 5 of a playoff series that was tied 2-2.

 

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Festus Ezeli will not be back with the Blazers next season, Portland GM Neil Olshey said on Tuesday.

Last summer -- after the Warriors let Ezeli walk in free agency following the addition of Kevin Durant -- he signed a 2-year contract worth just over $15 million.

But Year 2 was essentially a club option with a $1 million buyout.

A knee injury prevented Ezeli from ever suiting up for the Blazers this season.

He underwent cadaver ligament replacement surgery in early March.

The Warriors drafted Ezeli 30th overall in 2012.

Over 46 games (13 starts) with Golden State in 2015-16, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over 16.7 minutes per contest.