The Denver Nuggets had to do something to slow down the Golden State Warriors but mostly they had to stop Stephen Curry. Coming into last night’s game 5 Curry was averaging 27.3 points per game, 10 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.75 steals in 4 games against the Nuggets.
Well the Nuggets held Curry to a series low 15 points and won Game 5 107 to 100. Curry was just 7 of 19 from the field. That being said Warriors head coach Mark Jackson was not happy after the game. He thought the Nuggets were trying to hurt Curry.
“They tried to send hit men at Steph,” Jackson said.
“There were some dirty plays early,” Jackson said. “It’s playoff basketball. It’s all right. Make no mistake, we were up 3-1 [in the series] playing hard, clean physical basketball, not trying to hurt anybody.”
Here is the press conference after the game, were Jackson gave his thoughts.
Curry also gave his thoughts after the game on the game.
Q:Do you think they were trying to rough you up?
CURRY: Of course. You look at the film, there’s three or four plays the first four minutes where–I’ll use the word “physical.” And they called a couple of them, they missed a couple of them.
But I’ve got to expect that and not let it faze me, which I don’t think it did throughout the course of the game. And gotta expect the same thing next game.
Q: Was any of it cheap?
-CURRY: There were a couple, man. I’m going through the paint minding my own business and they come out of nowhere, trying to throw elbows and stuff like that.
To me this is what playoff basketball is all about. Wonder what Jackson thought about Andrew Bogout technical foul on Kenneth Faried? It goes both ways both teams have borderline plays during games. Just as long as no one gets hurt I am okay with it.