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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. jaerba - May 1, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Mark Jackson is such a hypocritical ass. I guess he forgot about the intentional flagrant 2 on Patrick Beverly to stop Houston from setting the 3s record on their terrible defense.

    ““We’re not going to lie down,” Jackson said. “I was an old-school basketball player. I’m an old-school coach. If you can’t appreciate that, that’s on you. If you’re going to try to get the record, we’re going to stop you. … I would expect nothing less if I was on the other side.””

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2013 at 3:40 AM

      Doesn’t condone Faried intentionally going after Curry’s ankle twice tonight.

      • swill881 - May 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Weird, he didn’t make any mention of his guy Bogut shoving people.

      • broncobeta - May 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Does Golden State really want to talk about who’s the dirty team?

  2. yousuxxors - May 1, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    normally I would day it just a coach being a sore loser but I saw a bunch of shady things go on this game, especially by fariad.

  3. divan22 - May 1, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    It’s going to feel GREAT to bounce Denver in 6.

    Go ahead, try that fake tough guy garbage again. See if it cancels out the deafening fans in Oakland.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Denver has to resort to this (although not dirty, there WAS the intent to send a message to Curry, which no one should have a problem with — not sure why those morons at TNT argued for five minutes about it) because it is their only shot.

    But they were desperate and had the crowd (never mind those questionable foul calls on Ezeli and Curry, and that missed loose ball off Iguodala) was behind them. Dubs will close them out in Game 6.

    I am starting to not like Faried, man. This isn’t the first time he’s done stuff like this to guys, and tries to act innocent about it.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      You must have missed Bogut shoving Faried to the ground under the basket instead of going for a rebound.

      GS has been manhandling Denver all series but do you hear them bitch?
      No, they credited GS for being the more physical team.

    • broncobeta - May 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Dude. Who cares about what you think? You are the biggest flip-flopper.

      Go back to complaining about refs in the Knicks game.

  5. badintent - May 1, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Mark had gone to the Jeff Van Loser school of whinning for many years doing TV games with him. Some of it had to rub off on him. Send him to Celebrity Rehab.

  6. 11thstreetmafia - May 1, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    I knew I didn’t like this clown. Now I know why. Curry is a one-dimensional chump.

  7. kavika6 - May 1, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Kenneth Faried is a thug and Curry is a pansy. That’s all. George Carl isn’t the type of coach that suggests or demands that his players make dirty plays.

    • somekat - May 1, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      the sonics in the days of payton/kemp were known for it

      who was their coach?

  8. no1warriorsfan - May 1, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    I saw Faried punch Carl Landry while Landry boxed out for a rebound in game 4. The refs and even the commentators missed it. Faried is dirty. Plain and simple

  9. ortizmari27 - May 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Welcome to playoffs,where the big boys play!!!!!

  10. nodindenver - May 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    This whole series Bogut has been grabbing peoples arms and holding them while setting screens. Jackson is a whiner when things do not go his way. Funny that when a finesse shooter is touched, he complains and thinks somebody should be thrown out of the game. Loved seeing Curry throwing up his hands and acting similar to Westbrook out there. Nugs should have been physical with him the whole series; after all, this is playoff basketball!

    • ludachrisgsx - May 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Touching a guy, pushing, holding, swatting a guy’s arms, giving a hard foul, etc, is not the same as sticking out your foot in an effort to hurt a guy’s surgically repaired ankle as he runs past you down the court. That’s not playoff basketball. That’s shameful.

      • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        And Bogut shoving Faried to the ground instead of going for a rebound?
        Or Bogut screening at 3/4 court snapping Iguodalas neck back?

        Denver hasn’t cried foul yet.
        Just decided to return the favor.

      • brutl - May 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Man I see someone getting intentionally tripped up every game. I’m not even just talking about the playoffs.
        You got bad ankles? Then sit, homie, you’re not getting special treatment out there.

  11. somekat - May 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    The refs need to handle things better, period. Call the fouls that are there. That Faried foul on Curry was not a regular personal, it was a clear intentional foul. The ball was nowhere near him, there was no “basketball play” going on, he just went out of his way to give him a shot to the ankle. It’s the definition of an intentional foul. If it’s only a personal, why not do it again?

    Call what actaully happened, when guys are one shot from getting tossed, they’ll act right. When his teammates see he’s one shot away from being tossed, and just gave up a point and a possession, they will act right.

    Generally, players play the game the way the refs call it. The biggest problem for the NBA and NHL is the same thing. Poor officials, that swallow the whistle for certain teams/players during crucial moments/games. I’m all for the whole “let the players decide it” way of looking at it, but you have to call the obvious stuff, and call it accurately.

    • skywalker720 - May 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Considering that Bogut has been setting illegal screens this entire season and GS’s bigs have been taking cheap shots throughout the series under the basket, it’s a little late for that.

      Golden State was just given a taste of its own medicine and they don’t like the taste.

      • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        You sir are right on.

        Only difference between post game comments games 1-4 and game 5,
        Denver didnt cry and chalked it up to playoff basketball.

  12. raiderinvader - May 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    George Karl is the same sore loser as he was back in Seattle.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Umm I think you misspelled Mark Jackson?

  13. rubiosrubies - May 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Oh c’mon. What about Bogut shoving Faried’s throat. And Curry shoves Kosta Koufos for trying to block the potential continuation shot after the foul call. Both teams can be blamed for stuff. The Faried-Curry “cheap shot” to me after looking a zillion times looks more like a shoulder bump as a guy comes down the floor and yes maybe his leg was there when the shoulder came out (reminds me of a guy setting a screen with his legs and shoulders as wide as possible). If he was going for the ankle that is definitely not okay.

  14. miamatt - May 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I don’t necessarily agree that the Nuggets were playing dirty, but they were making sure Curry felt them. And you know what? It worked. Curry is going to have to take his game to another level. If you drain threes inspite of their physical play, then what does Denver have left?

    That being said, I have no problem with Mark Jackson’s comments, whether he actually believes them or not. The officials (and league office) will be on notice that there will be extra scrutiny the rest of the way, and I’d bet the refs call a tight game next time out.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      I can point to the exact moment in game 4 when Curry changed this series.

      Curry takes a three right in front of Nuggets bench.
      Before it goes in, he turns around.
      Shot goes in.
      He trash talks his way back down the court.

      Guaranteed they watched the replay 50 times before game 5.

      • miamatt - May 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Totally agree. Warriors youth is showing a little bit here.

        Still think they close it out in six.

  15. broncobeta - May 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Mark Jackson is a baby who is just trying to plant seeds in the refs heads to get calls the next game.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Hope he doesn’t get rewarded for this. But he will.

      Out of the gate in game 6, there will be 3 quick calls on Nuggets bigs.

      Zero called on Warriors screens.

  16. crashdavis99 - May 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Somewhere out there Rick Mahorn and Bill Laimbeer are chuckling.

    • jaerba - May 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Hell, don’t need to go back to the Bad Boys to see play rougher than that. How about just the Clippers-Grizzlies series. Or even Celtics-Knicks. I’m pretty sure 80% of the screens KG has ever set were dirtier than Faried sticking his foot out a bit.

  17. baymac408 - May 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    GAME 6 it’s a wrap then all these suckas on here will shut their BIG MOUTHS!!! Faried is the real crybaby in this series! And after Thursday you Denver fans or Warrior haters can realize when it’s time to eat your words!! GO WARRIORS F U HATERS

    • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      There were 2 technicals and 2 flagrant 1’s called in the game.

      Warriors had BOTH flagrant fouls plus a tech.

      Those are facts, so who’s the dirty team?

  18. baymac408 - May 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Curry one dimensional??? Yeah that’s why he GETS TO THE RACK on everybody except iguodala… DROPPING FLOATERS lay ups.. Handles get him open in floor to drop the best jumper in NBA! Or get him his near 10 asst he gets every night.. Dropping 30 and getting 7 to 13 asst every night is not one dimensional!! Especially when he shoots and shakes off bigger defenders all the time!! Your ignorant and don’t know anything!! GO WARRIORS!

  19. scoocha - May 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    This is such a smart strategy. I think it would work against smaller players in all sports – Welker, Pedroia, Nash, Curry, Barea. They can’t deal with the irritation and impact of numerous physical shots.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Intimidate Welker by being physical? Umm he’s made his entire career going over the middle where the big boys play.

      He’s also played injured multiple times.

      Pretty sure he can handle the impact of numerous physical shots.

  20. 808rude - May 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I love that it took the Nuggets 4 games to realize they were getting their butts kicked on the court and manhandled. I’m sure Karl gave his guys an ear full and challenged their manhood, he did say after game 4 it was gonna be an uncomfortable 48 hours. I love the gamesmanship going on. Mark working the officials through his press, Karl i’m sure is telling his guys see told you they wouldn’t like it. Fact is, the Nuggets are a bunch of fake tough guys, they played their best game at home used mind games and still the Warriors had a shot to win. The Nuggets can’t shoot outside the lane, their defense can’t stop the Warriors offense and the Oracle is gonna be INSANE tomorrow night!! Good Night Denver its been fun!! GO WARRIORS!!

  21. baymac408 - May 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    That just shows who’s getting better calls! What’s sad is we aren’t playing the Lakers and still eating bad calls! No argument for you 4th quarter! That iguodala play out of bounds was a big possession just to name 1!

    • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Game 3.
      Nuggets down 1.
      9 secs on the clock.
      Ty Lawson gets mauled in the corner. Curry Hacks him, then Ezeli crashes into him. Ball bounces off Ezelis knee, then Tys hand.

      No foul called.

      THAT was also a big possession.

      Didn’t hear the Nuggets crying to the media though.

      Funny how no complaints when your team wins.

      • 808rude - May 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Actually he didn’t crash into him. He was on his hip sliding towards the baseline like all bigs do on a play like that. Ty Lawson in all his genius put a little flop in and lost the ball out of bounds as he slipped down. The reason the haven’t complained is for 4 games they have slept walked through this series. It took being on the verge of elimination being dominated for 3 games in a row and probably a rough 48 hours under Karl’s Anger….(He did say after game 4 it was gonna be an uncomfortable 48 hours) for them to wake up.

  22. baymac408 - May 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    That just shows who’s getting better calls! What’s sad is we aren’t playing the Lakers and still eating bad calls! No argument for you 4th quarter! That iguodala play out of bounds was a big possession just to name 1! ..

  23. camp1746 - May 1, 2013 at 2:05 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.

  24. baymac408 - May 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Like I said all good!! I will be at Oakland Thursday to watch your team EXIT the playoffs! And you won’t have need to write comments remembering every last play! A foul and someone touching the ball out of bounds are questionable but 2 different circumstances! He hit the ball out of bounds… STEPH WILL KILL YOU THURSDAY

  25. wilsonsoriano - May 1, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    DENVER is convinced who is the better team and their only slight chance of winning, is by playing dirty, cheap brand of basketball, shame on them and the league for allowing this. Faried is the main culprit, not only trying go after Curry several times, but also falling on top of Jarret Jack after fouling him. When your only chance to win is to intentionally injure somebody you have crossed the line and you don’t deserve to play in the NBA. is simply EVILISH

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