The Nuggets deny targeting Warriors guard Stephen Curry. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson felt that the Denver Nuggets were playing "dirty" and put "hit men" out on Warriors guard Stephen Curry during Game 5 of the team's first-round playoff series.
Nuggets coach George Karl said that's not the case and that Jackson must be "watching a different movie than I'm watching."
Jackson's comments came after the Nuggets 107-100 victory in Game 5 in which Curry was held to a series-low 15 points. Denver now trails Golden State 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is on Thursday in Oakland.
"Every playoff series I've been in, and I've been in a lot of them, as the series goes on, it gets more physical," Karl said to the Denver Post. "We don't like each other, we shouldn't like each other, there's pain and anguish to every win and loss. Competitive spirit. I'm just trying to figure out what movie he's watching, because it's not the one I'm watching."
Karl said that the Warriors have been playing extremely physical ball as well.
"If there's a scorecard and we're in a boxing fight right now, they're winning the fight," Karl said. "OK, we won a round (here and there), but I'm going to tell you, I'll go to any arbiter now and show the dirty shots - they're winning. Some of them are really good at the things they do. Andrew Bogut started it, the Green kid (Draymond) is really good at it and Festus (Ezeli) is pretty good too."