May 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) reacts after a basket and foul against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena.  Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Gregg Popovich has some explaining to do, or he needs to chew out LaMarcus Aldridge for seemingly trying to hurt Kevin Durant.

One game after Zaza Pachulia’s infamous closeout on Kawhi Leonard resulted in the San Antonio Spurs losing their star forward, Aldridge pulled a similar move.

Late in the second quarter, the Golden State Warriors were up by 29 points when Aldridge was on the perimeter guarding Durant. After Durant went up for a jumper, Aldridge put his hand up to contest the shot, took a step towards Durant in the process, and then after coming too late, took yet another step so that his left foot was directly under Durant’s right foot when it came down.

It was literally the exact same thing that Pachulia did to Leonard, which you can see here.

On Monday, Popovich eviscerated Pachulia in a media session for an “unnatural closeout” that he saw as a dirty play. One game later, his player did the exact same thing.

Thankfully Durant wasn’t injured on this play. He very well could have been.

QUIZ: Name every player on the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors roster

The 2015-16 Golden State Warriors famously went 73-9 in the regular season to become the best regular season team in NBA history. Of course, they went on to cough up a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers, spoiling their bid for immortality. Can you name every player on the GSW roster that season?

Last names are acceptable as answers.

Score:
0/15
Time:
3:00
C
Andrew Bogut
PG
Stephen Curry
SG
Brandon Rush
SF
Harrison Barnes
SG
Klay Thompson
C
Festus Ezeli
SF
Andre Iguodala
PG
Shaun Livingston
C
Marreese Speights
PF
James Michael McAdoo
PF
Kevon Looney
PF
Draymond Green
SG
Leandro Barbosa
SG
Ian Clark
C
Anderson Varejao

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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