Game 5 saw tempers flare on several occasions from both the Nuggets and Warriors, and the emotions spilled over into the postgame press conferences.
While giving the Nuggets their due for outplaying the Warriors, Mark Jackson also dropped this, uh, nugget, per Marcus Thompson:
“They were the more physical team. They were the aggressor. … They tried to send hit men on (Curry),” Jackson said, later adding, “That’s not good basketball.”
No question, the Nuggets clearly were trying to fluster Steph Curry with physical play from the tip, and it worked. Curry finished with just 15 points on 19 attempts. There was one play, however, that was indeed a little questionable—when Kenneth Faried apparently tried to deliberately trip Curry on a screen. That one set Jackson off, via Tim Kawakami:
“The screen on Curry by the foul line is a shot at his ankle, clearly, it can’t be debated,” Jackson said of a first-quarter play. “I have inside information that some people don’t like that brand of basket