Following the Denver Nuggets’ 107-100 Game 5 victory over the Golden State Warriors, Mark Jackson claimed the Nuggets played “dirty,” while guard Stephen Curry said the Nuggets had a “couple” cheap shots on him.
“They tried to send hit men on Steph,” Jackson said.
Curry scored 15 points, going 7-for-19 from the field, and 1-of-7 from behind the arc. During his post game press conference, Curry said he felt like the Nuggets were trying to rough him up.
“Some dirty plays early,” Jackson said. “It’s playoff basketball, that’s all right. We own it. But make no mistake about it, we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, clean basketball – not trying to hurt anybody.”
Curry’s postgame transcript via Tim Kawakami of MercuryNews.com:
Q: Do you think they were trying to rough you up?
-CURRY: Of course. You look at the film, there’s three or four plays the first four minutes where–I’ll use the word “physical.” And they called a couple of them, they missed a couple of them.
But I’ve got to expect that and not let it faze me, which I don’t think it did throughout the course of the game. And gotta expect the same thing next game.
-Q: Was any of it cheap?
-CURRY: There were a couple, man. I’m going through the paint minding my own business and they come out of nowhere, trying to throw elbows and stuff like that.
Like I said, this is… I don’t know what it is, just gotta keep playing and do your thing.
-Q: Was the shot from Faried the one that bothered you most?
-CURRY: Yeah, I understand if I’m going to the basket you want to give a hard foul, it’s the playoffs. We did the same thing. You don’t want anybody to feel comfortable on the court.
But there’s a time and place. So… obviously the refs called that one and kind of set the tone and sent a message.
I’m not going to be surprised if it happens again the next game. Just keep playing.
-Q: So you don’t think they got into your head?
-CURRY: No, no. Don’t have time for that.
-Q: Will the Warriors retaliate?
-CURRY: No, we’re just going to play our game of basketball, not let it faze us. There’s no point in getting into that little mini-game, go back and forth. Just play tough physical basketball, make the right plays and hopefully the right result will take place.
-Q: And did you get into it with the fans a little?
-CURRY: Somebody said something dumb and I just told him to be quiet, that was it.
Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried responded to Jackson’s claim, saying: “That’s intriguing because I think they were purposefully trying to hurt me every play I went for a rebound – the hits, the grab to the throat,” referring to the play when Andrew Bogut was called for the flagrant foul for shoving him to the court.
“I’m surprised tonight I didn’t get my hair pulled like before,” added Faried ,who scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds. “It’s all good. If we’re playing dirty, hey, it’s basketball. We’re just playing physical.”
Andre Iguodala, who scored 25 points with 12 rebounds, said the Nuggets played more physical because they were tired of taking shots from the Warriors.
“I think I’ve taken the hardest hit in the series, Game 1 or 2, when Bogut leaned in to me on a screen. And I didn’t remember what happened the rest of the game,” Andre Iguodala said. “I think they kind of brought the physicality to the series. And we stopped being the receivers and we’re starting to hit back a little bit. But as far as anybody trying to cheap shot, I don’t condone that myself. It’s not my game.”
Warriors’ Bogut and Draymond Green were both whistled for flagrant fouls in the game, while Curry and Nuggets big man Kosta Koufos received technical fouls.