Game 5 saw tempers flare on several occasions from both the Nuggets and Warriors, and the emotions spilled over into the postgame press conferences.
While giving the Nuggets their due for outplaying the Warriors, Mark Jackson also dropped this, uh, nugget, per Marcus Thompson:
“They were the more physical team. They were the aggressor. … They tried to send hit men on (Curry),” Jackson said, later adding, “That’s not good basketball.”
No question, the Nuggets clearly were trying to fluster Steph Curry with physical play from the tip, and it worked. Curry finished with just 15 points on 19 attempts. There was one play, however, that was indeed a little questionable—when Kenneth Faried apparently tried to deliberately trip Curry on a screen. That one set Jackson off, via Tim Kawakami:
“The screen on Curry by the foul line is a shot at his ankle, clearly, it can’t be debated,” Jackson said of a first-quarter play. “I have inside information that some people don’t like that brand of basketball and they clearly didn’t co-sign it, so they wanted to let me know that they had no part in what was taking place.”
Curry also thought he was the victim of a couple cheap shots by the Nuggets. But the Warriors got theirs in on Faried, though, with Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green being whistled for flagrant fouls on him.
Kenneth Faried, your thoughts?
“They play dirty every night. They have targeted me,” Kenneth Faried responded to Mark Jacksons comments #Nuggets
— 9NEWS Sports Denver (@9NEWSSports) May 1, 2013
This was great, too:
Denver coach George Karl kicked off the postgame mudslinging by asking, “Did Draymond Green play football or basketball at Michigan State?”
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) May 1, 2013
So now we have a war of words and finger pointing between both teams, who probably don’t like each other too much right now heading into Game 6.
But to be fair, both sides got in their share of cheap shots. Were they dirty? Probably not. That’s just playoff basketball.
Which makes Game 6 all the more intriguing.