Were the Nuggets playing dirty?
The Nuggets committed 25 fouls in Game 5, to the Warriors' 23. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
It's clear after the Nuggets' 107-100 Game 5 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday that Denver head coach George Karl asked his team to bring a new level of physicality to the series.
"I've got inside information that some people don't like that brand of basketball, and they clearly didn't co-sign it," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson explained cryptically. "So they wanted to let me know that they had no parts in what was taking place."
What, exactly, was taking place?
"There were some dirty plays early," Jackson said.
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Jackson said he wouldn't go into specifics, but he did call out one play in which Kenneth Faried targeted Stephen Curry on a screen near the foul line, "clearly," according to the second-year head coach. "That can't be debated."
There's no doubt that Game 5 brought physical play this series had not yet seen. Was it all in the name of hard-fought basketball? Or are the Nuggets getting dirty with their backs against the wall?