The series between the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets is getting so chippy that it was only a matter of time before a broadcaster calling the game lobbed some shots.
ESPN reports on the latest salvo launched from the Denver camp, this time coming from the unlikely direction of Nuggets broadcaster Scott Hastings.
Per the report, Hastings was on The Dan Patrick Show and was asked his thoughts on remarks offered by Warriors head coach Mark Jackson that accused the Nuggets of sending "hit men" after star guard Stephen Curry in Game 5.
Hastings didn't hold back. "I thought he was classless. It didn't even need to be brought in there. There were two flagrant fouls called in that game and neither one was against the Denver Nuggets."
Game 5 ended in a close loss for the Warriors and was one that saw Curry get a great deal of attention from Denver defenders.
After the game, the Warriors coach was livid with what he saw as athletic thuggery on the part of the Nuggets.
They tried to send hit men at Steph. There were some dirty plays early. It's playoff basketball. It's all right. Make no mistake, we were up 3-1 [in the series] playing hard, clean physical basketball, not trying to hurt anybody.
For those uninitiated, ESPN's Bruce Bowen breaks down some of the plays that drew a great deal of criticism from Jackson after Tuesday's loss.
When Jackson caught word of Hastings' remarks, he simply retorted, "To say it was classless, it was unfair of him."
A series that may very well go the distance seems to be getting the better of everyone involved, even those calling the games.
Hastings, as ESPN reminds, played over 10 years in the league, from 1982-1993. He has no doubt been a witness to some truly violent plays: the Kurt Rambis clothesline comes to mind.
The Warriors are no doubt frustrated with their best player getting all the attention on the court, especially since he already plays with lingering ankle issues.
Still, there aren't many who would fault the Nuggets for attempting to get Curry out of his rhythm, but to say they are intentionally trying to injure the player is a completely different argument.
Golden State leads the series 3-2, and as if a Game 6 weren't intriguing enough, the contest Thursday night between the Warriors and Nuggets promises to bring extra entertainment after a raucous Game 5.
This is proving to be the one series where what those involved do next might not be as intriguing as what they say.
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