Imagine you're an NBA player and you accidentally hurt your new superstar teammate during a game. Without him, you lose.
Now imagine that you have to answer a zillion questions about how you injured your own guy, in precise detail, immediately after the fact.
Yup, Zaza Pachulia's night was objectively, indesputably awful.
The Warriors were still awaiting the results of his MRI after the game.
"I just saw the replay and I had no idea [Durant] was behind me," Pachulia told the crowd of press surrounding him outside the locker room. "It was just a basketball play."
Right after that answer, someone asked again if he realized he'd fallen on Durant.
"No, I didn't know he was behind me," he insisted. "Do you guys think I did it on purpose?"
No, no! That's not what anyone meant, the scrum assured him. But did he talk to Durant at halftime?
"No, I just texted him. I texted him and he's not around," Pachulia said.
"We care about each other. Obviously when somebody goes down, hopefully it's nothing serious, but even small injuries, we care about each other."
A different reporter asked how much the Warriors missed Durant on the floor, and if that had anything to do with the bleak atmosphere in the postgame locker room.
"Of course, he's just a huge part of our team and what we do," Pachulia said. "Obviously KD is the number one reason, but at the same time because we lost the game."
Then, from the back of the crowd, another voice apologized for not hearing Pachulia's answers, then asked if he could re-explain how he'd injured Durant.
"Nothing much to say my friend. It's just a basketball play. Nothing much to say. I just fell and he was behind me and I had no idea."