Zaza Pachulia 'day to day' after suffering bruised right heel in Game 2

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/3745/" data-ylk="slk:Zaza Pachulia">Zaza Pachulia</a> high-fives <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5069/" data-ylk="slk:Draymond Green">Draymond Green</a> during the first quarter of Game 2 against the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/sas/" data-ylk="slk:San Antonio Spurs">San Antonio Spurs</a>. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)
Zaza Pachulia high-fives Draymond Green during the first quarter of Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

One game after finding himself at the center of controversy regarding his role in the injury that knocked All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard out of Games 1 and 2 of the 2017 Western Conference finals, Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia had to leave Tuesday’s Game 2 early after suffering a right foot injury during the first quarter.

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The 33-year-old big man appeared to injury his foot when he came down awkwardly after a dunk at the 9:32 mark of the opening period of Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs:

After landing awkwardly on his right foot, Pachulia ran back on defense and stayed in the game. He’d benefit from a sweet behind-the-back feed from frontcourt partner Draymond Green two minutes later:

Reserve center JaVale McGee subbed in for Pachulia at the 5:06 mark of the first, and that wound up being the end of Zaza’s night:

He’d finish with four points, two assists and a rebound in seven minutes of floor time. The Warriors would go on to crush the Kawhi-less Spurs, 136-100, to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven conference finals.

The extent of Pachulia’s injury isn’t yet clear, but the X-ray didn’t turn anything up:

That MRI came back clean, too, according to Chris Haynes of, though Pachulia is considered “day-to-day” and it remains unclear whether he will be able to suit up for Game 3 at AT&T Center in San Antonio. The good news for the Warriors: they’ve got a long layoff before Saturday night’s tip for their starting center to get fully ambulatory and operational.

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