After Denver’s 107-101 win over Golden State in last night’s Game 5 of their first-round playoff series, Warriors coach Mark Jackson accused the Nuggets of playing dirty.
“They tried to send hit men at Steph,” Jackson said in his postgame news conference following the Warriors’ 107-100 loss Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.
“There were some dirty plays early,” Jackson said. “It’s playoff basketball. It’s all right. Make no mistake, we were up 3-1 [in the series] playing hard, clean physical basketball, not trying to hurt anybody.”
I won’t argue that there were a couple of chippy moments from the Nuggets early last night, and no, I don’t approve of it, even when it comes from my favorite team and players. I have long been a critic of the kind of thuggish play that the Laimbeer/Rodman/Mahorn Pistons ushered in back in the late ’80s and early ’90s. I hate hearing commentators praising the “hard foul,” which is a euphemism for “intentional cheap shot.”
That said, I don’t remember Jackson lamenting “physical” play earlier in the series when it was his boy Andrew Bogut dishing it out. Nor do I recall hearing Denver whining about those incidents. The truth is that whatever is happening in this series on the physical front, last night was at worst a mild response to what Golden State started.
Jackson needs to STFU and get back to praying away Jason Collins’s gay.