Wednesday , May , 01 , 2013 Matt Formica

Warriors, Mark Jackson say Nuggets played “dirty” in game 5 win

The Denver Nuggets came out on top with a 107-100 win against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night, a game in which Warriors coach Mark Jackson said the Nuggets played “dirty.”

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  Dirty or not, the Nuggets played better.

“They tried to send hit men on Steph,” Jackson said in the post game press conference.  “There were some dirty plays early.  It’s playoff basketball, that’s all right.  Make no mistake, we were up 3-1 playing hard, clean, physical basketball.  Not trying to hurt anybody.”

Warriors star guard Steph Curry, who’s been shooting the lights out but only had 15 points tonight on 1-7 shooting from three, agreed with his coach about the Nuggets “dirty” play.

“Going through the paint minding my own business and they come out of nowhere trying to throw elbows.  I got a hit out on me, I don’t know what it is, just got to keep playing and do your thing,” Curry said to reporters after the game.

But the Nuggets weren’t buying what the Warriors were selling after the game.  Especially the Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried.

“They’ve been hitting me and pushing and shoving me the whole series,” Faried countered.  “I’ve been hit in the throat, got my hair pulled a couple of times.  And I don’t say much.  I just keep going.  I might say, ‘Yo, ref, what about this play or that play,’ and they don’t really say anything.  But, hey, when we do it we’re playing dirty.”

But it’s playoff basketball.  It’s always more physical.  Whether or not there were a few cheap shots dealt Tuesday night in Denver, the Warriors got outplayed.  Denver outscored Golden State 50-24 on points in the paint, they had 6 more team offensive rebounds, and 5 less turnovers.

Steph Curry, who’s been averaging 27 points in the series for Golden State, scored just 15 Tuesday night.

Andre Iguodala balled the hardest for the Nuggets, becoming the first Denver player since 1990 to finish with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists in a postseason game.

And in response to the Warriors claims of Denver’s “dirty” play, Nuggets coach George Karl took a shot of his own.

“Did Draymond Green play football or basketball at Michigan State?” Coach Karl asked postgame. 

 The Warriors still lead the series 3-2.  The teams meet again Thursday night.

And you can expect a hell of a game 6.


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