It’s not the situation most expected, but the Nuggets will again fight for their very lives Thursday night in Golden State’s backyard. Denver was handled rather easily in Oakland in Game 3 and Game 4.
Ty Lawson’s 35 point, 10 rebound performance in Game 3 but wasn’t enough to get past four Warriors scoring 19+ points. Stephen Curry’s 31 points in Game 4 sunk Denver and it looked like the series was over. But the Nuggets refused to go out on those terms. They stole back momentum from the Warriors in Game 5 behind gutsy performances from everyone who touched the floor.
The Nuggets–who played much more physical in Game 5– were accused by Mark Jackson of taking cheap shots at Stephen Curry. A lot of debate has been broadcasted on ESPN and argued around the Internet of whether Denver played dirty in Game 5. Mike Prada, of SBNation, presented a very well documented video review of the game, pointing out at the end that the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut had been playing dirty the whole series.
Honestly: who cares?
It’s playoff basketball. Players are going to toughen up with more stakes on the line. Dirk Nowitzki has been bullied in the playoffs his entire career. It’s the reason the Miami Heat won the championship in 2006. But he toughened up, fought back and became the icon who exacted revenge on the Heat in the 2011 finals. The only thing this back-and-forth exchange of Nuggets and Warriors does, is heighten the excitement and intensity for Thursday night’s game.
Denver better be prepared from the start in (R)Oracle Arena, because once the crowd gets in the game, they’ll be in it for the entire game. Especially with the controversy that Mark Jackson stirred up in Game 5’s post-game conference. The crowd at Oracle will be even louder than they were in Games 3 and 4.
- If Steph Curry is in the game, Miller shouldn’t be. Miller can’t stay with him at all. Curry’s eyes light up when he says Old Man Dre opposite him.
- The Curry-Iggy-Chandler-Faried-McGee starting five played well. Look for George Karl to stick with this lineup until McGee goaltends a shot into the Pacific Ocean.
- Iggy’s confidence should be at an all-time high with how he played in Game 5. He should take the assignment of guarding Curry for most of the game.
- Watch the battles in the paint. Especially after all of the “cheap-shot” talk leading up to this game. It’ll be interesting to see how everyone responds.
JaVale McGee’s post-game gem:
“If we are playing dirty then they are playing unsanitary.”
- Where? Oracle Arena – Oakland, California
- When? 10:30 ET – TNT
Nuggets 115 Warriors 110
108-101. Nuggets victory.
114-106 Nuggets victory
110-100 DEN, we have to hold GS on breaks and not let Curry get hot. Miller will have to play physical on guards like in game 1
Den-110 GS-95 and if they didn’t cherry pick with curry Den-110- GS-50 lmao.