Not wanting Gaara to fight alone, Lee tries to help and attacks Kimimaro to try to secure passage for him. Gaara holds him back and tells him not to interfere, saying he doesn’t need help. Gaara uses his sand to fight Kimimaro, which prompts Kimimaro to try to destroy Gaara’s gourd, as he believes it is the only source of sand Gaara has. Gaara, however, uses the sand on the ground to restrain Kimimaro and then uses his Sandfall technique, followed by the Binding Sand Coffin, though Kimimaro avoids the fate of being crushed to death due to his bone density. Gaara decides to use the Sandfall Burial to try to crush Kimimaro again, though by activating his cursed seal, Kimimaro survives the attack. Gaara tries again, summoning more sand, Gaara uses the Sandfall Flow to create a sand tsunami and then uses the Imperial Sandfall Burial, but Kimimaro survives again.