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.”