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Mark Jackson accuses Nuggets of dirty plays on Stephen Curry after Warriors’ Game 5 loss

May 1, 2013, 12:49 AM EDT

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The Nuggets avoided elimination with their Game 5 win over the Warriors, but the way they went about it didn’t sit well at all with Golden State’s head coach, Mark Jackson.

Denver was physical throughout the night, but especially so with Stephen Curry, who has been torching the Nuggets the entire series. He was held to just 15 points on 7-of-19 shooting in this one, and made just one of his seven attempts from three-point distance.

Jackson pulled no punches during his postgame press conference in explaining how he viewed the Nuggets’ tactics.

“They were the more physical team,” he said. “They were the aggressor. They hurt us in the first half by scoring the basketball, points in the paint. Made us pay for our turnovers. They tried to send hit men on Steph. But give them credit. It wasn’t cocky basketball; they outplayed us. It wasn’t magic; they outplayed us.”

When asked to elaborate on his “hit men” comment, Jackson was happy to do so.

“There were some dirty plays early,” he said. “It’s playoff basketball. That’s alright. We own it. But make no mistake about it, we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, clean basketball, not trying to hurt anybody.”

Asked specifically to identify the dirty plays he was talking about, Jackson initially said he didn’t want to get into specifics, before then bringing up a play that particularly caught his attention. More troubling, however, was Jackson’s assertion that some Nuggets players admitted to him that something intentional was indeed going on in terms of their team’s dirty play.

“The screen on Curry by the foul line is a shot at his ankle, clearly,” he said. “That can’t be debated. I’ve got 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 parts in what was taking place.”

Here’s the play Jackson was referring to (via Ben Hochman of The Denver Post), and he’s right — it’s pretty clear that Kenneth Faried intentionally takes a shot at Curry’s ankle.

Now, part of all this is Jackson setting the stage for Game 6 back at Oracle Arena on Thursday. His star player was manhandled, so he wants to be on record as saying the plays were dirty to get the attention of the officials in hopes that things are watched a little more closely next time.

But he also seems to believe what he’s selling.

“Let the best team win,” Jackson said. “And let everybody — with the exception of going down because of a freak injury — let everybody leave out of here healthy. That’s not good basketball.”

  1. ortizmari27 - May 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    The nuggets roughed up Manu#20 a couple years back and even he understood it was playoff basketball,time to suck it up curry@jackson cause the next 2 rounds don’t get no easier,if y’all advance….ps gsw stand no chance against Los Spurs Quest for Cinco!!!!!

    • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Roughed up the biggest lopper of all time?

      You sure he didn’t just pull something while overreacting to a slight breeze in the arena?

  2. ortizmari27 - May 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Well he flopped his way to a championship that year.one of three may I add.

  3. camp1746 - May 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    LOL little footsie fouls by faried and little shoves and hand slaps by bogut?!?!?! PRO BASKETBALL IS CATERING AND CODDLING TO A BUNCH OF WUSSIES.

    Can you imagine if Golden State played the MOTOR CITY BAD BOYS?1!? Bill laimbeer would do more than shove or play hand slap with Bogut. Rodman and Adrian dantley, joe dumars would have not only fouled curry hard but they would have stepped on him afterwards on the floor to let him know who did it. You drive the lane? You end up on your butt? You want to earn a bucket underneath, you better be ready to take an elbow to the chest or have your arms swatted by Rick Mahorn or John Salley.

    THIS IS THE NBA PLAYOFFS its more competitive, if you are going to whine about ticky tack fouls or he touched me, or slap fights, then throw on your skirt and go play in the WNBA. That goes for both teams.

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