The Spurs, who lost 113-111 to the Warriors in Game 1 on Sunday, are already without point guard Tony Parker for the foreseeable future.
Leonard said he doesn't believe Pachulia fouled him on objective but also admitted he hasn't seen the replay.
Leonard injured the ankle during Game 5 of the Spurs' previous series against Houston. At the time, these Warriors had one National Basketball Association title.
Leonard first went down after stepping on a teammate's foot along the bench after taking a shot.
Popovich did not say Pachulia meant to injure Leonard Monday.
Pachulia deflected the comment that he has a history as a dirty player.
"It's risky, it's unsportsmanlike, it's just not what anybody does to anybody else".
"A two-step lead-with-your-foot closeout is not appropriate", Popovich told reporters Monday at the team hotel in San Francisco. "And Kawhi's not there".
"You wanna know if [Leonard's injury] lessens our chances or not?" We've had a pretty damn good season, we've played fairly well in the playoffs, I think we're getting better.
"It is what it is", West said. In injury news, Andre Iguodala is likely to miss Game 2 with a knee injury that limited him to just 10 minutes in Game 1.
Here's another example of a dirty play where "intent" may not matter: If a player grabs a rebound while in traffic and puts his elbows out to protect the ball, that's legal.
Golden State dominated Game 1 after Leonard went down, outscoring the Spurs 58-33 to earn the comeback win. "I turned around and there was a call", Pachulia said. Especially to Pop, I would guess. Tony Parker, who suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury in Game 2 of the conference semis.
Acting head coach Mike Brown was strongest in his defense of Pachulia.
With Leonard's status for the remainder of the series in limbo, Pachulia was extremely apologetic for what occurred. Steph Curry isn't quite such a lovable little engine that could from Davidson anymore; now, he's a smug mouthpiece-chewing hotshot who might need to be chopped down a peg.
"I've guarded jump-shooters", Green said. "Steph avoided landing on LaMarcus" foot. At the time, they were arguing it wasn't a foul. It's the same play. But it's still a dirty play because of the danger involved. "(It was) just a tough play man, (a) tough play". That said, we'll never really know anyway, and unfortunately what's done is done. You ever heard of manslaughter? While Twitter has been set ablaze, Draymond knows sticking his neck into the fray is not going to help this situation. Golden State has trailed by as many as 29, 28, 22 and 25 points in those four contests, and yet still managed to prevail in the most recent two.
"How would it be if Curry didn't play?" The Spurs beat the Rockets by 39 points without Leonard. It's quite another when you get on the wrong side of the Spurs. Anything to get an edge.
Pachulia doesn't just close out on Leonard.