Game 5 Fragments: Harrison Barnes, Steph Curry and Cortisone, Mark Jackson's comments, and Andrew Bogut in Thin Air

Warriors-Nuggets, Game 5

  • The Nuggets lost 3 home games in the regular season before losing Game 2 of the series.
  • Harrison Barnes hit 12 three-pointers in the final 24 games of the regular season.
  • Harrison Barnes has hit 12 three-pointers in 5 playoff games.
  • Steph Curry did not take a cortisone shot in his right ankle before Game 5.
  • Curry knows he can’t take a cortisone shot before every playoff game, unless his body will become immune to cortisone, or he might accidentally grow a third arm.
  • Curry shot 7 of 19 and 1 of 7 from distance.
  • Curry will probably take a cortisone shot before Game 6.
  • Andrew Bogut was huffing and puffing in the 2nd quarter, and played only 18 minutes
  • Bogut barely played in April before the playoffs started, nursing his foot and ankle.
  • Bogut played excellently in Games 3 and 4, when the games were played at sea level, and not at 5,000 feet.
  • Bogut will play better in Game 6.
  • Mark Jackson speaks his mind, and happens to be a bit protective of his players, which is why he called Kenneth Faried a “hit man” when Faried stuck his leg out to trip an unsuspecting Curry early in the game.
  • Kenny Smith thinks the Nuggets were “Sending Curry a message.”
  • Yes, the play was unnecessary.
  • No, the play was not all that surprising.
  • In Mark Jackson’s controversial post-game comments, he first said they sent out a “hit man” and then he talks about the fact it was “good, hard playoff basketball.” Then he talks about the fact that he knows what it’s like, having played with Dale Davis and Antonio Davis. He played 131 playoff games in his career.
  • When the Pacers and Knicks used to play each other, there may as well have been 12 rounds and one referee.
  • Jackson’s issue probably comes from the fear that Curry’s ankles, which might be the only vulnerability to his game, are not 100%.
  • If an NBA player, especially a player as hot as Steph Curry, has ankle problems, trying to trip him up is dangerous and a cheap shot, but it is not unexpected in a playoff series.
  • The Nuggets couldn’t keep the blowout going, their lead falling from 23 to 6, eventually winning 107-100.
  • Wilson Chandler and Andre Iguodala both had their best games of the series, combining to hit 8 of 17 3-pointers.
  • Iguodala went for 25 points on 17 attempts, collected 12 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists, to go with 2 steals.
  • After turning the ball over 7 times in Game 4, Iguodala took good care of the ball, coughing it up only twice.
  • This series has been completely unpredictable.
  • My only prediction for Game 6 on Thursday is that it will be unpredictable.

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Thanks for reading and Go Dubs!


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