Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  38 responses

Mark Jackson Accused the Denver Nuggets of Dirty Play

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

On the brink of elimination in Game 5, a desperate Denver Nuggets team came out and extended their season. It was a gritty effort, which according to Golden State Warriors head Mark Jackson, veered a little too much on the “dirty” side.

An infuriated Jackson told the assembled media following the 107-100 loss that the Nuggets sent “hit men” after Stephen Curry. Those alleged tactics limited Curry to 15 points on 7/19 shooting from the field, and Denver lived to fight another day.

Per the Denver Post:

“They tried to send hit men on Steph. … The screen (set) on Curry by the foul line was a shot at his ankle clearly. That can’t be debated,” an intense Mark Jackson said after the loss, which set up Game 6 Thursday at Oracle Arena. “I’ve got inside information that some people don’t like that brand of basketball. And they clearly didn’t co-sign it. So they wanted to let me know that they had no parts in what was taking place. Let the best team win, and with the exception of going down with a freak injury, let everybody leave out of here healthy. That’s not good basketball.”

“We’re not dirty at all,” said Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. “If you watch the first games, you see (Andrew) Bogut chucking people, Festus (Ezeli) hitting me for no reason. It’s not dirty, we’re just trying to even it out. We weren’t trying to go after Curry – if he’s coming through the lane, just make sure he doesn’t get down there easily. If I get through the lane, I’m getting hit 3-4 times, illegal (hits) and everything. I’m not complaining and calling them basketball. It’s the game of basketball, you’ve got to man up.”

A visibly frustrated Stephen Curry agreed with his coach’s assertion that he was targeted last night, but claims that this is a “fun” and inescapable part of the NBA Playoffs:

“Man, I’m not going to back down,” Curry said calmly and icily after describing Denver’s legal and illegal shots at him through the game. “It’s fun — a fun atmosphere, fun type of basketball. They’re trying to do anything they can to get back in the series, so you’ve got to expect it.”

Game 6 can’t get here soon enough.

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  • shockexchange

    By crying about it, all Mark Jackson is going to do is embolden the Nuggets to keep it up.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Javelle McGee said it best, “If we played dirty, they must’ve played unsanitary.” Those fouls seemed like regular season fouls to me. Nothing dirty about them at all, and it seemed to take Curry out of his game.

  • danpowers

    thats the most entertaining basketball to watch and what most fans want to see. im a bit suprised that jackson, a former player in physical teams like the knicks or pacers back then, calls out stuff like that.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Bogut has to knock a few people around like that shot he took on Faried. There are no enforcers on the Nuggets. Steph didn’t take any dirty hits. Like Kenny Smith said, it only takes one good shot to let guys know what the deal is and it will stop. So if Mark has an issue, even though he’s a pastor and all, all he has to do is tell Bogut or Carl Landry to deliver a hard foul on Ty Lawson to send a message. Especially for a dude who played with the Davis Boys, Oakley, Patrick Ewing and Anthony Mason. I also remember Xavier McDaniel fouling MJ pretty hard.


    As soon as Faried took that hit to the chest, somehow all the dirty plays the nuggets were doing stopped.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tuotila1 Tuomas Uotila

    “He did his job. Hey, I played with guys like that. They get paid to do that. Dale Davis, Anthony Davis, Charles Oakley. You get paid to do it. So give them credit”

    Woulda been nice to actually remember Antonio Davis’s name…

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Exactly. Mark knows how it goes. One shot to Ty Lawson or someone else and it will stop for good. None of these guys want to get hurt.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Classic McGee quote.

  • Bandwagonfan

    Gotta love curry reaction.

  • Bandwagonfan

    Yall hater, get ready for a rain of treys

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    jackson is just setting this up for the refs in game 6. he isn’t bitching for no reason.

  • RayJr

    Did he really say that? Kind of clever coming from him lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Andrew Bogut: “Wait…really?”

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    It took him ten minutes to come up with that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    Not dirty at all, plays like the Bynum hit on Barea are dirty. Keep crying Jackson.

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    one word, BITTER

  • Rockwell

    Please. This is coming from the same guy that encouraged his players to mug the Rockets to prevent them from getting the NBA 3s record and then chalked it up to him being “old school.” This is coming from the same guy who played with the Davis brothers who were the most physical dudes not named Oakley and Mason. The NBA had to change the rules for a certain teammate of his who we all know who KICKED his feet out to defenders on purpose! He’s probably just sticking up for his guys, but come on man, he can’t possibly truly believe that last night’s track meet was “dirty.”

  • Rho

    Probably the only dirty play was Faried going after Steph’s right ankle at the free throw line. Other than that, good playoff basketball.

  • LakeShow

    Not necessarily. The ref’s will call the game tighter now.

  • LakeShow


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    too bad people are dumb and think he’s just complaining.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    or it sends a message to the refs. and everything else is just stuff for the media and fans to overreact about. Denver gonna play how Denver plays. No matter what anyone says.

  • Max

    Mcgee has unsanitary in his wordbook?

  • shockexchange

    As always, the Shock Exchange is two steps ahead of you. Implied in his previous post is this: “Mark Jackson is attempting to send a message to the refs. However, it’s a weak message and it won’t affect the officiating either way. By crying about it, all Mark Jackson is going to do is embolden the Nuggets to keep it up.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you didn’t imply that.

  • http://twitter.com/JSpru87 Spru

    Just cause he isn’t bright on the court, doesn’t mean he’s not intelligent.

  • spit hot fiyah

    vocabulary, sorry man had to, hate to correct people on this type of stuff

  • LakeShow

    And they really are dumb, because this is an old trick.

  • shockexchange

    Next time the Shock Exchange will write it in crayon for you … as your sorors co-sign you.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you are going to ruin your computer screen

  • bike

    Translation. Jackson is basically admitting the Nuggets strategy worked. If the refs don’t call the next game tighter, they are screwed.

  • Max

    Don’t tell me you would be surprised if you found out Mcgee had a book with difficult words in it.

  • Max

    Have you checked his twitter?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    You can’t consider any of those plays “dirty”. Bogut getting his Sprewell on was way more dirty than any of the thing Den did.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II


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  • brad09

    NBA is getting so soft, the “dirty play” of the nuggets seems to be getting to Curry. Curry is a great shooter, but he is just plain soft.

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