Mark Jackson: Nuggets used 'hit men' on Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was able to suit up for last night's contest against the Denver Nuggets despite his ankle injury. While he was able to play, the Nuggets held him to 15 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the field, and Warriors coach Mark Jackson told reporters after the game that he thinks Denver's success was due to the fact that they set "hit men" on Curry.

“They were the more physical team,” he said. “They were the aggressor. They hurt us in the first half by scoring the basketball, points in the paint. Made us pay for our turnovers. They tried to send hit men on Steph. But give them credit. It wasn’t cocky basketball; they outplayed us. It wasn’t magic; they outplayed us.”

Jackson went on to elaborate that the Nuggets used "dirty" plays early, but he also said that he realizes no punches are pulled when it comes to playoff basketball. He said that the Warriors went up 3-1 in the series by "playing hard, physical, clean basketball, not trying to hurt anybody," alluding to the fact that the Nuggets may not have done the same last night.

Jackson specifically accused the Nuggets of going after Curry's ankle. Overall, he's hoping the officials will keep an eye on the play during Game 6, when the Warriors will once again attempt to close out the Nuggets.

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