NBA Playoffs: Warriors-Nuggets is Officially a Playoff Series Now

They tried to send hitmen at Steph. Make no mistake. We went up 3-1 playing hard, clean basketball.

- Warriors’ head coach Mark Jackson

Apr 30, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Corey Brewer (13) and Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) battle for the ball in the fourth quarter in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Shots were fired on Tuesday night between the Warriors and Nuggets, and the battlefield will undoubtedly still be bloody when the two teams walk onto Oracle Arena for Game 6 on Thursday.

Two flagrant fouls were assessed on the Warriors, and one flagrant should have been called against the Nuggets when Kenneth Faried unnecessarily  pulled Jarrett Jack to the ground.

The two teams chirped back and forth at each other throughout the game, a pretty damn entertaining one that saw a frantic Warriors’ comeback fall short after being down by 22 points.

Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group reports that a number of Nuggets called Stephen Curry “soft,” causing Jackson to use the “hitmen” reference when it seemed like Curry was being targeted by Denver.

However, the Nuggets had their fair share of complaining as well. Both of the Warriors’ flagrant fouls were committed on Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, who missed game one with an injury.

“They play dirty every night,” said Faried. “They have targeted me.”

For example? How about this shove by Andrew Bogut on Faried that wasn’t called a flagrant (click to view GIF):

The battle extend to the fans as well. After the game, Curry was seen visibly upset with a fan as he was leaving for the locker room:

According to Thompson, the fan “said something stupid” to Curry, so the Warriors’ guard told him to “shut up.”

We may only have two more games maximum remaining, but believe me, this is now officially a playoff series between two teams that don’t particularly like each other.

It took five games, but this is officially playoff basketball.

 

 

Topics: Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Kenneth Faried, Stephen Curry

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