Stephen Curry showing he’s a tough guy
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
OAKLAND – The signs that the Denver Nuggets want to crash the Stephen Curry coming-out party are about as tough to find as a Mark Jackson soundbite these days. The most obvious one was staring straight at the assembled media on Wednesday afternoon.
As the Golden State Warriors guard, whose team is up 3-2, the bulging blood vessels in Curry’s right cornea were bringing new meaning to the phrase ‘dead-eye shooter.’ But the wayward finger from Corey Brewer that hit Curry in the eye in Game 4 is ancient news at this point, one of so many physical plays in a series that is now being described as if it’s a preview for another season of The Sopranos.
Jackson, the TNT analyst turned Warriors coach who has surely been helping the ratings at his old station with every candid word spoken about this NBA street fight, is still upset about what he perceived as a hit job on Curry’s surgically-repaired right ankle by Kenneth Faried early on in Game 5 in Denver. Nuggets coach George Karl, whose team is trying to desperately not to waste its franchise-record 57-win season, responded to it all by saying on Wednesday that he thought Jackson “was watching a different movie than I’m watching.”
Nuggets coach George Karl, whose team is trying to desperately not to waste its franchise-record 57-win season, responded to the accusations of ‘targeting’ by saying on Wednesday that he thought Jackson “was watching a different movie than I’m watching.”
Game 6 of this drama is Thursday night at Oracle Arena.
Curry may not be in the Nuggets’ sights, but he is certainly front and center in the playoff spotlight.
The lithe young star whose ankle injuries slowed his NBA career, is now playing like he did during his college days at Davidson. He isn’t about to let all the tough talk distract him from this chance to make be remembered again. As he is well aware, losing means they head to the Pepsi Center in Denver where the Nuggets were 38-3 during the regular season … [For more on Stephen Curry showing he's a tough guy for Warriors, click here.]