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Thursday, May 2nd
(All times Eastern)
(3) Denver Nuggets (2-3) at (6) Golden State Warriors (3-2), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Game 6 between the visiting Denver Nuggets and Golden State
Warriors should be quite the interesting affair Thursday night.
After the Nuggets won Tuesday to stave off elimination, Warriors' coach Mark
Jackson accused Denver of some unsavory behavior.
"Some dirty plays early," Jackson said after the game. "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
Jackson was especially unnerved by the treatment of his star player, Steph
Curry. Jackson believed Denver forward Kenneth Faried specifically targeted
Curry's ankle on a play when Curry went through the lane.
Jackson stuck to his guns the day after.
"If you go to his ankles, try to kick his ankles, while he's cutting through
the lane, that's not a basketball play," Jackson after practice on Wednesday.
"That's a cheap shot."
Could this just be posturing by Jackson, maybe trying to buy a call for Game
"I didn't say anything about the referees," Jackson said. "I've got a guy that
some would say is a superstar, with the ball in his hands for 42 minutes and
he doesn't get to the line, with a team that's trying to be very physical with
him. That needs to be looked at."
To the surprise of exactly no one, Denver head coach George Karl disagrees.
"I'm just trying to figure out what movie he's watching. It's not the one I'm
watching," Karl said.
And Faried leaped to his own defense.
"I wasn't going for his ankle at all," Faried said. "He walked through and I
was just giving him a bump, like, 'Hey, we're not going to let you shoot and
have the type of night you've been having.' I was just being a little
It's worth noting that the Warriors, not the Nuggets, were whistled for two
Flagrant fouls in Game 5.
"That doesn't mean you're dirty," Jackson said on Wednesday.
It remains to be seen how the complexion of the series will change after these
charges by the Warriors. One thing that's clear, the Nuggets do not believe
themselves to be dirty players.
"I guarantee that I've never wanted to hurt anybody in basketball, but I do
want my team to compete and play hard," Karl said. "I've always been a play-
hard coach. Any player that's every played for me, the most speeches they get
are play hard and stand up and be a competitor."
Now, it's Game 6 in Oakland where the Warriors have a chance to win their
first playoff series since 2007 and second since 1991.
On Tuesday, the Nuggets built a 20-point halftime lead, but the Warriors hung
in, especially during the final quarter. The final was only 107-100.
Denver had six players in double figures, led by Andre Iguodala. He finished
with 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Ty Lawson and Faried both had
Dirty or not, the Nuggets' strategy worked in Game 5. Curry only had 15 points
on 7-for-19 shooting. Harrison Barnes paced the Warriors with 23 points,
followed by Jarrett Jack with 20, Klay Thompson's 19 and Curry.
The Warriors are 5-1 in their last six at home against Denver.
If the Nuggets prevail on Thursday, Game 7 will be back in Denver on Saturday.
05/02 10:21:34 ET
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