Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said Wednesday that he and his teammates are done talking about the Denver Nuggets alleged attempt to rough him up and have moved onto preparing for Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.
“Nobody’s really talking about it in the locker room,” said Curry, via Carl Steward of MercuryNews.com. “We’re just approaching Game 6 like normal. You can’t get distracted by that. We have a chance to close out the series at home, it’s a big opportunity we have to take advantage of. If we come out and make good basketball plays and set the tone early, we should be in good shape and not get caught up in the physicality that’s not in line with our game.”
Jackson continued Wednesday claiming Faried took a cheap shot on Curry, saying: “I can live with physical basketball. Taking a stab at Steph Curry’s ankle is not physical basketball.
“You can hit him. I was even caught on tape being asked what would happen if I played against him and he heated up. I’d be physical with him. So that’s understandable. It’s not hypocritical. But there’s no part of me that says I’d be dirty with him.
“If you attempt to kick him with your foot on his foot, that’s not a basketball play. That’s a cheap shot.”
Curry wasn’t exactly sure if Faried did in fact intentionally kick him.
“When I looked at the film afterward, we did kind of get our feet tangled up a little bit,” Curry said. “I don’t know what (Faried’s) intentions were, but I’m not worried about it. I’m just going to try to play my game.”
Asked why Jackson continued belaboring the incident, Curry said he’s just doing his job as the coach.
“Coach is just doing his job as a coach to bring attention to what he feels should be looked at,” Curry said. “But as players, we’re not going to get caught up in that mini-game of letting a foul hard here or a foul hard there take away from the way we’ve been playing in this series.”
Curry said he feels better today than he has at any point since spraining his ankle in Game 1. He laughed when someone brought up that Denver players called him “soft.”
“Trash talk happens and guys try to get under your skin however they can,” he said. “Hey, I chirp back. It’s fun. It’s a competitive environment and I’m not going to snitch on who’s talking and who’s not.”