Wednesday’s 108-105 Denver Nuggets win over the Golden State Warriors didn’t come without controversy. With about 8:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon blocked Warriors guard Stephen Curry’s layup attempt off the backboard.
The block was a bit controversial, as many believe that it should’ve been called a goaltend.
After the final buzzer, Curry aired his frustrations with the lack of a whistle.
“It was definitely goaltending,” he told reporters (h/t NBC Sports Bay Area). “They missed it. Keep playing.”
Curry finished the night with 23 points at Ball Arena, making just six of his 17 attempts from the field.
Steve Kerry upset with non-goaltending call against Denver Nuggets
Curry’s head coach, Steve Kerr, was also none-too-pleased with the officials’ decision not to call a goaltend on that play.
“The non-goaltend call, it hurts, but I’m used to it,” Kerr told reporters. “I mean, honestly, it’s a difficult call to make. It happens, bang, bang and it seems like, last year, four or five of those, it’s going to happen this year too. So it’s part of it but there are plenty of calls both ways. That’s the way it goes.”
Would the call have made a difference? Probably. The margin of victory was slim for the Nuggets and an extra two points could’ve gone a long way for the Warriors, especially since they were down by two at the time of the Gordon block.
Denver will have a few days off now, and won’t be back in action until Sunday when they take on the Houston Rockets.