OAKLAND, Calif. – Kicks in the ankles. Forearms to the throat. Elbows at the head. Illegal screens. Hard shoves. Bloody lips. Puffy eyes. Body bruises. Even "hit men."
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl thought the reaction to his team's Game 5 win over the Warriors sounded like a movie. Golden State's Mark Jackson defended his descriptions of dirty play against point guard Stephen Curry on Wednesday, and players on both sides practically promised more physicality.
As if there haven't been enough emotions swirling inside ear-piercing Oracle Arena in the playoffs, the ratcheted up rhetoric provided even more. The Warriors will try to close out Denver again Thursday night in front of their frenzied fans, while the Nuggets need to find a way to play their style — whatever that might be — on the road to push the series to a decisive Game 7 in the Mile High City.