Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  33 responses

Byron Scott Thinks the Nuggets are Playing Dirty

by Marcel Mutoni

Many felt that the Nuggets/Hornets would be the most entertaining of all the matchups in the first round of the Playoffs, and it may very well end being just that. It could also end up being one of the more contentious.

The Hornets’ head coach, Byron Scott, isn’t too happy with the way Denver played against his team in the series opener; he thinks they’re being a little dirty with their tactics.

From the AP:

“I can appreciate anybody that plays hard, but when you get to the point where you’re being a little dirty, that’s the thing that kind of aggravates me,” Scott said Tuesday.

“Being that I played in this league, I know how tough that is. But when you get to the point where you’re being a little dirty then I don’t appreciate that – and I don’t respect it.”

Dahntay Jones, the man who drew coach Scott’s ire with his physical defense on Chris Paul, doesn’t sound too concerned: “I’m not trying to be annoying, I’m just trying to put pressure on (Paul) and play hard,” said Jones. “People don’t like it when you play hard, people don’t like it when you’re physical.”

If he plans on returning to New Orleans with a tied series, Byron Scott might want to instruct his team to try some of those “dirty” Nugget tactics tonight in Game 2. They seem to be working out OK for them.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    I disagree!!!!!!!

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    mhmmm. Nuggets dirty team? isnt the first time iv heard ‘dirty’ and ‘nuggets’ in this season.
    according to someone the nuggets are ‘thuggish’ when i watched the Nugs, Portland game, Melo was throwing elbows at batum and travis. i do agree that they can be a dirty team.
    louis amundson called nene a dirty player. Nene replied with something like .
    “screw that cracka! i shower everymorning! F$(@ YOU!”

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    CP3 just doesn’t like the taste of his own medicine. He’s always grabbing, slapping, and just generally getting involved in chippy fouls, and he has a documeted history of nut punching. The Nuggets are going to kill the Hornets the rest of this series. I’m thinking 5 games, maybe 6.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    The Birdman, BETCATS and I disagree.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Suppose they were playing dirty, the Hornets still got beat by close to 30. Fix your shop first, dingus.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    K-Mart, Big Shot Chansey, and Melo, dirty? I think NASTY is more appropriate

  • chris g

    Chris Paul is way dirtier than Dahntay Jones. Those Nuggets better guard their testicles.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    I love CP3 but i knew this series would cause me to hate him, atleast for the next two weeks. but CP3 does alot of the same things, although im pretty sure any player in the League would want a free shot at Dauntey Jones

  • ClydeSays

    Karma is a b#@ch Byron. Remember when KMart was playing for you & you had to defend him against those accusations…?

    As much as I like CP3 and DWest, the Hornets have regressed somehow. Wasn’t this supposed to be THEIR year? Maybe that’s what an attempted salary dump trade does to your team. Takes the air right out of it…

  • JoeMaMa

    Cosign Chris G.
    I’m told Wedgie Evans and CP3 are going to have a testicular tug-of-war before the game so that when they do the Sam Cassell dance, it’ll be out of necessity.

  • Brian

    In the NBA, Playing dirty = Playing Defense.

    OMG, the Nuggets are playing defense!!!

  • cdef28

    Wow gotta love how Byron Scott acts like he was a great player. He played behind Magic and acts as if he was somehow him.

  • clapzilla

    Maybe The Nuggets Will Take Offense To This And Beat The Hornets Down By 29 Points. Oh Wait, They Already Did. I Bet We See At Least 4 More T’s In Game 2. But The Hornets Might Be Ready For The Offseason By Game 3.

  • AZ

    There is a difference between playing defense and playing dirty defense

  • Coach Master

    Coach Scott and CP3 needs to get justice by winning.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    “Rap snitch vibe”

  • http://slamonline.com Nico

    You would think that when the Nugs started playin defense they would get some lovin, i guess not.

  • Sarah

    The Hornets have a serious problem with playing the victim. It’s not gonna work anymore. Everyone knows you’re good enough to compete. Time to man up and play. What Dahntay said is right, Paul doesn’t like anybody to touch him, and when they do get close to him he throws his arms into them and then pretends he was fouled. You’re better than that, Chris. Knock it off.

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com nba-jersey-king

    The league is getting soft…. coaches and players want to get any advantage they can

  • Mark Z

    Didn’t KMart rack up a League record in Flagrants when he was playing for Byron Scott? Just sayin…

  • http://phoenixsunsrising.blogspot.com/ Hersey

    I think there’ll be an ejection or two before this series is over. Mainly due to the presence of Martin and Jones, who’ve put guys into the front row before. Role players feed off the home crowd so Scott shouldn’t be surprised the Nuggets played so hard on defense. He should be more concerned at how his team folded when popped in the mouth.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Byron Scott….you are competing for an NBA CHAMPIONSHIP, friggen Olympic medals come along to NBA players easier than this. COMPETE dammit. You rise to the occassion. Everyone knows that NBA teams don’t REALLY start playing till now. This is why guys go and bench press 20 reps 3 times a week (plus on game day if your Rodman). This is the reason you play on one leg, drugged to the eyeballs with pain killers if your Isaiah Thomas or push yourself for 35 points in a finals game, after you’ve been throwing up all night because someone poisoned your food if your Jordan-like (or even dare to dream). No one is playing you for a fool Mr Scott and your certainly not being PAID for one, so you knuckle up and you get David ‘soft hands’ West and CP3 to act like the hard-working men they should be and you fight and scrap and dig out of the first round. Prove to me your not weak mentally punk.

  • Superman Osman

    Atta girl Sarah, I’m down with the playing victim bit. Enough with the whining. It’s sad what’s happening to the Hornets. Was it a media blow up? Could somebody please tell me what Byron Scott not being a star player has to do with this situation?

  • tizzle

    Playing behind magic aint that bad.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Haha, this coming from a guy coaching Chris Paul, the most aggressive, chippy, and downright dirty PG out there. Love it.

  • chintao

    Did Byron play point? I always thought he was the heir to Michael Cooper. Anyway, to me, “dirty” = “intention to injure”. Outside of that, there is nothing dirty in sports.

  • marz

    cp3 is one of the dirtiest players in the nba!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    “dirty” he meands mind games + pulling on jerseys here and there, holding as you move through the key, standing under players feet as they jump up…knees, elbows, mahorns…

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    I think that Byron Scott is dirtying his pants.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Btw if Chaunchey continues to dominate CP, should we re-open the best PG discussion?

  • chintao

    I’ll second that.

  • http://slamonline.com Mike

    I’m impressed with most of the answers. Chris Paul has a history if anyone chooses to recognize it, the Julius Hodge incident in NC state a couple years ago, the duke game where he kicked the guy and numerous altercations in the L. Like you guys said Paul doesn’t like to be touched and he throws elbows and try to garbage fouls. He got melo the other night by running into him and falling out like somebody shot him. Byron Scott should worry about Bills getting in Butler and Pauls ass and shut up. Posey too, you want talk about dirty look at him!!

  • http://www.onitsukatigermexico66.us onitsuka tiger

    The Nuggets is over,it was killed by the Hornets the rest of this series. I’m thinking 5 games, maybe 6.