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Stephen Curry verbally confronts fan in Denver after Game 5 loss (VIDEO)

May 1, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

It was a rough night in Denver for the Warriors’ Stephen Curry.

Not only did the Nuggets avoid elimination with a Game 5 victory, they were able to shut down Curry in the process.

Denver held Curry to a series low 15 points on 7-of-19 shooting, including just 1-of-7 from three-point distance. This came after Curry had averaged 30 points per game over his last three, all of which were wins for the Warriors.

It wasn’t just the low scoring output that was troubling for Curry. The Nuggets were extra-physical with him throughout the night, especially early in the game when setting screens on him and making sure contact was made anytime he went cutting through the lane.

Kenneth Faried was the one who appeared to be dishing out most of the physical play on Curry, and Warriors head coach Mark Jackson accused the Nuggets of playing dirty against his superstar afterward.

All of this is to say that Curry had plenty of reasons to be frustrated. And he took out some of that frustration on a fan as he exited the floor of the Pepsi Center immediately following his team’s loss.

We have no idea how inflammatory the fan’s comments were, but clearly whatever was said was enough for Curry to feel the need to respond. The commentary from the TNT crew in the video clip above makes the whole thing seem hilarious, but anytime a player confronts a fan in that way, there’s a possibility for things to go in a very bad direction.

  1. goraidersgospurs - May 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Fan was weak, how do you talk smack when Curry walking away, then then shut up when he approaches you?

    • teambringitstrong - May 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      May b/c said weak fan didn’t want a repeat of the Palace. As a player, Curry has to let comments go. Unless there is a threat, or family is brought into it or the race line is crossed, let it go and move on and let the ‘weak fan’ go back to its meaningless existence.

      • guyaneserj - May 1, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        teambringitstrong, whilst ur correct by saying that Steph needs to ignore him! Sometimes, we 4get that these players are no different from us, with a plethora of varying emotions! It’s very hard to ignore, especially when emotions are running high!!!

      • kelleyoop - May 2, 2013 at 12:23 AM

        @teambringitstrong Actually, according to a recent interview during practice today (May 1st), Curry said that the fan did indeed talk about him and his dad, which got him obviously upset. So yes, his family was brought up.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      As a Dener fan (who was at the game) I don’t condone what this clown did. Just juiced up after a big win. But c’mon Warrior fans, Curry is known trash talker.

      Guess he couldn’t handle his own medicine.

      Fan should’ve owned up to whatever he said tho.

      • dirtydavis - May 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        Indeed… the dog belly was up

  2. cowboysfaninbuffalove - May 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I respect Steph Curry as a player, but hes a whiny player, must get it from his coach! The Warriors were being dirtier than the Nugs last night

    • broncobeta - May 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      “The Warriors were being dirtier than the Nugs last night.”

      Well, Andrew Bogut is on that team. So obviously, yes.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      Two flagrant fouls and a bogus double tech (should’ve been just one tech on Curry after he shoved Koufos) says you are correct sir.

      Warriors been setting illegal screens the ENTIRE series.

  3. raiderinvader - May 1, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    curry knows what’s on the line I think he’s just frustrated with nuggets sending the “”goons”” after him.nuggets are scared and trying to save themselves by any means.Go Warriors

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM


    • 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Goon in Australian is pronounced “Bogut.”

      Warrior fans have turned a blind eye to there own teams trash talking, illegal screens,and overall physical play.

  4. rayburns - May 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    If Curry wants to be an ‘elite’ player, he has to show that he can take the physical play and still drop 30 on your head. But, if he shoots 7-19 and gets into it with a fan after the game, every team in the NBA is going to see that style of play gets in his head and every team is going to start being a little more physical with him.

    • patfic15 - May 1, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      7-19? That’s a good night for Kobe.

  5. losanginsight - May 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Cry me a river Steph. You know the series is over when a coach says the other team is being to physical.
    ex. Flop city and Light bulb ankles

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    That kid was SHOOK when Curry turned around. Then he went right back to selling wolf tickets when Curry turned away. I agree with Barkley, and I have, every time he’s made that comment about being able to kick a fan’s ass.

  7. broncobeta - May 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Landry was even more childish for ripping the towel out of the guy’s hand.

    I mean who cares what the fan says, he’s a fan and you’re a professional. Act like one.

    • theghostofwillisreed - May 1, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      how about the fan show some decorum? paying for seats doesn’t entitle you to verbally assault a guy as he’s walking away from you.

  8. 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    I want so much for the Nuggets to beat Golden State IN Oakland. Almost as bad as i wanted to steal game 7 in LA last year.

    C’mon Nuggets silence the crowd early and be physical. Have nothing to lose by going hard all game.

    • btownbiz - May 2, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      put want in one hand & a pile of crap in the other.. what do you get!?!

  9. pacific123ocean - May 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Best part of this post was the commentary by Barley! Dude is hilarious!

  10. charlutes - May 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    this is only a big deal to the media cuz they want a story, oh no Steph Curry told an obnoxious fan he was being obnoxious.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    That kid was SHOOK when Curry turned around. Then he went right back to selling wolf tickets when Curry turned away. I agree with Barkley, and I have, every time he’s made that comment.

    • jimeejohnson - May 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      Mr. Wright is right.

  12. ortizmari27 - May 1, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    The best shaqin a fool was when Pau Gasol nut tapped ibaka!!!!! Lmfao

  13. kavika6 - May 2, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    What an unprofessional, immature crybaby.

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