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Report: Nuggets players were calling Stephen Curry “soft”

May 2, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

Stephen Curry, Eric Lewis, Tony Brothers AP

Let’s start by saying you should take this with a grain of salt — it’s Warriors sources talking about what Nuggets players are saying. That has spin written all over it.

But the Nuggets ratcheted up the physical play in Game 5 so you can connect the dots with what Tim Kawakami wrote at the San Jose Mercury News.

And where there are on-court taunts and messages sent, including, according to Warriors sources, Nuggets players repeatedly telling Curry that he was a soft player.

Denver went home down 3-1 and decided to turn what had been a fun 1980s throwback series (all we needed was Don Nelson in a fish tie) into playoff basketball — they decided to get physical.

Which is exactly what they should have done. Probably sooner. Stephen Curry has been fantastic in this series, destroying the Nuggets while seemingly hitting every shot he took inside the half court line. Denver had to start making him uncomfortable and unsettled.

It worked. Curry was 7-of-19 shooting for 15 points.

Would the Nuggets have talked some trash and said Curry was soft during this? Maybe. More than saying it, their play showed that thought he might be and so they went at him harder. Welcome to the playoffs.

Mark Jackson doesn’t have to like it, he can work the refs all he wants through the media, but Denver wasn’t really that physical with Curry. He got bumped and pushed a little, but I didn’t see anything dirty in there. I saw playoff basketball.

I also don’t think Curry is soft. I think he bounces back with a vengeance in Game 6.

  1. dgbk - May 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    so chopping at a guy after a foul is called during jumper that dont count isnt dirty?? the term “playoff basketball” to define cheap shots is an overused excuse. if it’s a dirty play or harder than needed foul in november it’s also that in april.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Shoving both hands into a players throat instead of rebounding is also a foul in November.

  2. deavn - May 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Don’t worry, my boy Curry will go off tonight. He’s gonna let those boring Denver Nuggets have it.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Boring? Umm the Nuggets have been called everything in the book this series but boring?

      They are anything but.

      Are you not entertained?!

      • deavn - May 2, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        No, not at all.

  3. lakerluver - May 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    The soft label, huh? There is nothing soft about Curry except for his soft jumper.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      His ankles are pretty soft.

  4. kinggw - May 2, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Well its true, isnt it? No one can deny the fact that Curry is a great talent and arguably the best shooter in the game. You could also argue that he is a bit fragile and seems to be a bit entitled. He has no problem with physical play when hard screens free him to take open jumpers, but he wants no part of the other side of physical play.

    There is nothing dirty about the way Denver is playing Curry, especially that trip by Faried that Jackson wont shut up about. The only thing they’ve accomplished is letting the Nuggets know that their strategy worked.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Agreed. Curry and co. have been great this series at hitting shots and talking trash.

      Well they got a taste of their own medicine and because they lost, they are crying.

      Golden State Whiners.

  5. acanniv - May 2, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I am a Nuggets fan and I was really starting to like Curry, Jackson and the Warriors. They were playing an exciting, fun to watch brand of basketball and generally making the Nuggets look foolish. Then game 5 happened. Now they just look like a bunch of whiners and trash talkers. The only play I saw from the Nuggets side that even looked iffy was the screen by Faried on Curry and even that looked as much incidental as intentional when it comes to targeting the ankle. All of the rest of their complaining is just contrived BS. Bitching about hard, playoff style basketball that they are playing themselves. GSW is banging around, committing hard fouls, targeting players just as much as the Nuggets and you don’t hear them complaining for 2 days afterward. What a bunch of friggin babies this team is. Buck up, class up, and don’t make me root for the Spurs, Warriors because yr probably closing this thing out tonight.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      GSW are a bunch of hypocrites.

      Setting illegal screens not just during this series, but all year. And they have the nerve to cry about physical play.

      • bobby8989 - May 3, 2013 at 4:48 AM

        Ok we understand you dont like the warriors. you can stop crying now. Magics arent going anywhere for next few years. #noplayoffsMagics

  6. savvybynature - May 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Personally, I wouldn’t taunt a player of Curry’s ability. No need to anger the guy that’s been torching you and make him want to beat you even more. That kind of tactic might work on a teenager, but pretty sure Curry has heard it all before at this point.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Actually it did work. Dude had 15 points and went 1-7 from three point range.

      Now is he fully capable of shooting the lights out tonight? Of course.

      But he would have done that even if the Nuggets had said nothing.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      It didn’t work. He missed several open looks. An off night is an off night.

  7. boscoesworld - May 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    When they start lying let me know! Curry is about THE softest players in the league except maybe brittle Bogut. Best thing the Bucks ever did was getting rid of that medical malady.

  8. stayhigh_247 - May 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Curry’s not soft, he’s just not a thug! If he’s soft, give me a Curry at every position. Soft is a 3 seed on the brink of elimination by a 6 seed….

    • 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Wouldn’t be up 3-2 had it not been for Bogut, Festus, and Green being thugs themselves man.

      Not saying the Nuggets didn’t set the tone in game 5 but GSW fans (and coach) crying out to the heavens that they’re a team of angels is ridiculous.

      Own up to it.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 - May 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    He’ll drop 21 in the 1st quarter tonight. That boy ain’t soft. Denver is, and yet another George Karl team CHOKES, once again.

    • canehouse - May 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Ya… I see Curry blowing up tonight! Can’t wait to see this one.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      There you are Mr. Wright. Missed your irrational flip-flopping posts. Where you been?

      You’ve been awful quiet.. and your Knicks have just been awful.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 2, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        Keep my name out of your mouth unless you are going to be accurate. You look like a complete ignoramus. I don’t have a reason to run from keyboard tough guys when I don’t even run from anyone in my own city.

        I trashed the Knicks — like real New Yorkers do, which is why we are the best/smartest fans in the league — unlike most of the rest of you irrational types who can’t bring yourself to criticize your idol players.

        And I repeat, Curry is going off on them tonight. Flip flop THAT.

      • 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Yeah yeah New Yoorkers are tough… Nothing personal man calm down. No need to call a hit out on me.

        Define going off? Curry is gonna shoot great most games so going off for him is what 35?… 50?

        He can score 30 and they can still lose. Just saying.

  10. losanginsight - May 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Steph ankles are made of soft white bulbs so I guess it’s true.

  11. acanniv - May 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Man, New Yorkers suck.

  12. kavika6 - May 3, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Spurs will put the Warriors out of their misery soon.

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