May 2, 2013
Denver Nuggets win at home to stave off elimination
"Some dirty plays early," Jackson said. "It's playoff basketball. That's all right. We own it. But make no mistake about it, we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, clean basketball"
By Stephen Lars
It was rough and sometimes it was straight up dirty: the Denver Nuggets had no repairs on doing whatever they have to stay alive in this first round of the NBA Playoffs. After they took a 107-100 win at home on game 5 of the series to put things at 3-2, a couple reporters and some fans of the Golden State Warriors went on to say that the Nuggets were taking cheap shots at the Warriors finest player, Steve Curry. It is a very well-known fact that Curry has suffered over the years from injuries of his ankles and he has had reconstructive surgery twice. So it seemed very unethical, if you will, that at moments it seemed as if the Nuggets were sending in hit-man from the bench trying to get him out of service. It is hard to point out this somewhat controversial plays as there was no blatant attempt at hurting Curry, but just a few extra hits might just get you wondering.
It was rough and sometimes it was straight up dirty: the Denver Nuggets had no repairs on doing whatever they have to stay alive in this first round of the NBA Playoff
The Warriors head coach had no doubts about these alleged dirty plays and said that the Nuggets tried to hurt Curry. After all, his banged-up sharpshoote was just 1-for-7 from long range, not the phenomenal numbers he’s been having as of recently. Curry was out of sync, perhaps he had to worry too much about staying safe and clear of those hits, and he finished with a series-low 15 points. "Some dirty plays early," Jackson said. "It's playoff basketball. That's all right. We own it. But make no mistake about it, we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, clean basketball -- not trying to hurt anybody."
He pointed out that Kenneth Farried, the Denver Nuggets small forward, who the Warriors coach said made many great screens during the game: some of them illegal, and one in particular aimed at hurting Curry’s ankles.
“I got inside information that some people don't like that brand of basketball and they clearly didn't co-sign it. They wanted to let me know they have no parts in what was taking place,” said the Warriors head coach in a postgame press conference. Let the best team win. And let everybody with the exception of going down with a freak injury, let everybody leave out of here healthy. That's not good basketball.”
The Nuggets never trailed during the game and lead by as many as 20 points before halftime. Sure enough, they had to go into overdrive mode early in the fourth quarter as the Warriors put down the throttle and tried to close down the gap. At the end, however, the Nuggets had a very solid team play and the man who could had made a huge difference, Curry, was not at his best last night. Andre Iguodala guided the Nuggets efforts with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Ty Lawson had 19 points and 10 assists and Faried had 13 points and 10 boards, including a couple of highlight reel worthy alley oops that change the momentum of the game. The Warriors, on the other hand, got 23 points and 9 rebounds from Harrison Barnes and 20 points from Jarrett Jack and 19 from Clay Thompson.
Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.