Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson placed a prominent poem by an unknown author in every player’s locker before Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday that had a simple title: Don’t Quit.
The Golden State Warriors forced overtime and then played strong defense to beat the San Antonio Spurs 97-87 Sunday and even the NBA playoff series at 2-2.
Golden State coach Mark Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making public comments in an attempt to influence the officiating in the Warriors’ playoff series with Denver.
Mark Jackson said what he said, and there’s no taking it back now. Whether you agree or disagree, the goal has been accomplished: All eyes will be on Stephen Curry in Game 6 between the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets.
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl lashed back at Warriors coach Mark Jackson on Wednesday after Jackson said the Nuggets had sent “hit men” at Golden State guard Stephen Curry during Tuesday night’s Game 5 in a pre-meditated attack with intent to injure the thin shooter.
Coach Madden said he didn’t see the same “dirty play” that was referenced by Mark Jackson after the game, that it was just playoff basketball.
And all of a sudden, the series that was all about Stephen Curry’s fire and the Warriors rising to the clouds has become about trash, dirt, and hit men. Welcome to the street fight noir, authored by Denver and Golden State after the Nuggets’ Game 5 win.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said the Nuggets “tried to send hit men on Steph Curry.”
Whether the pain in Stephen Curry’s sprained left ankle will subside enough for him to be on the court when the Golden State Warriors host the Denver Nuggets is not something the point guard could say for sure.
The Golden State Warriors have been winning, and they deserve some respect for it.