The 80s and 90s had Siskel & Ebert, two cantankerous film critics who rarely shared the same opinion on popular movies. The 2013 NBA postseason has Karl & Jackson, two competitive coaches who have opposing views when it comes to the physical tactics being employed in the first round of their Western Conference playoff series. Roughly 16 hours after Jackson accused the Denver Nuggets of dirty play and sending “hit men” after Golden State point guard Stephen Curry in Game 5, Karl responded in a calm but firm manner Wednesday. “Every playoff series that I’ve ever been in – and I’ve been in a lot - as the series goes on it gets more physical,” said Karl, who is coaching in his 34th postseason series “We don’t like each other. We shouldn’t like each other. There’s pain and anguish to every loss. I’m just trying to figure out what movie he’s watching. It’s not the one I’m watching.” The Warriors were called for two flagrant fouls in Game 5 – a 107-100 Denver victory that forced the series back to Oakland. Andrew Bogut shoved Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried near the throat, and rookie Draymond Green lowered his shoulder into Faried while the two were going for a rebound. Yet Jackson claimed to have inside information asserting that Denver was targeting Curry’s tender left ankle. He specifically took issue with Faried bumping Curry near the free throw line early in the game.
Film reviews of Game 5 differ for Nuggets and Warriors
NBA.com | May 1