It's not fair. It's just not fair. The Golden State Warriors have four of the best players in the league operating at full strength, and the bargain basement big that they used to fill the roster is the one making series altering plays? The NBA Playoffs - if only for one half - appeared to possess some actual intrigue, and the dude who is only on the team to provide size and comic relief with his inability to adequately use that size to score in traffic had to...ahem...step in and ruin everything. ZaZa Pachulia was such a punchline that he almost got voted to the All Star Game as a charity case, but the joke's on us because he just parted what was already a pretty clear path for the Warriors to get to the NBA Finals. He really...uh...stuck it out on behalf of his team, and now their only conference opponent that was worth a damn is severely handicapped. The role player whose most important role is the rolling of ankles just changed the entire landscape of the Western Conference Finals. The least celebrated member of a goddamn juggernaut just hopped his way into the history books by "contesting" an MVP candidate's shot with the added fervor of your drunk uncle doing the electric slide.
I have my reasons for thinking that that reckless, excessive footwork was an example of dirty dancing. Many of those reasons can be viewed on YouTube after searching the name of the repeat offender. However - intentional or not - ZaZa Pachulia just made his mark on a potential championship run, and I can't say anyone expected that to happen when he was originally signed to be nothing more than a warm body in a cold blooded offense.
UPDATE: I get the feeling that Gregg Popovich agrees with my opinion of the legality of that close-out. Just a hunch...