Seth Curry on Barton scuffle: Nuggets are ‘sassy’

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Path Blazers and Denver Nuggets are heading towards a Recreation 7 showdown after issues acquired heated between the groups late in Thursday night time’s contest.

A scuffle broke out halfway by way of the fourth quarter of Portland’s 119-108 victory, throughout which Blazers guard Seth Curry and Denver ahead Will Barton shoved one another. As the 2 had been being separated, Barton appeared to poke Curry within the eye. Denver’s Torrey Craig and Portland’s Zach Collins additionally acquired into it because the skirmish escalated.

Officers handed out offsetting technical fouls for all 4 gamers.

Afterward, Curry took exception to the Nuggets’ actions, Barton’s specifically.

“He waited for a couple of individuals to get in between us, and when a couple of individuals had been in between us, he put his finger in my eye,” Curry stated of Barton. “You realize what I am saying. I am unable to enable individuals to place their fingers in my eye.

“That is actual sassy. They acquired a couple of sassy dudes over there. Entrance-runners. And we won’t enable that.”

The incident occurred after Nuggets middle Nikola Jokic drove to the rim and was known as for an offensive foul, inflicting Collins to fall backward towards Barton’s legs. Curry came visiting to assist Collins up and nudged Barton away. Barton pushed again, and the skirmish ensued.

Curry stated he was stunned that Barton didn’t get ejected. Barton stated he doesn’t imagine he will likely be suspended for Recreation 7 and defined that he was merely defending himself from getting harm after Collins fell towards him.

“It ain’t no beef,” Barton stated. “I wasn’t even on the lookout for that. I used to be simply making an attempt to guard myself. I suppose he thought I used to be making an attempt to face on high of him and be robust. I used to be simply making an attempt to get out of the best way earlier than I acquired injured. He pushed me. I am not going to let no one push me. However that is nothing.”

Craig acquired in the course of Barton and Curry, and Collins shoved Craig. Portland’s Evan Turner then came visiting and held Craig at a distance. Officers took their time to look at the play earlier than handing out the offsetting technicals with 6:16 remaining and Portland already up 104-90.

“I ain’t fearful about no fines,” Barton stated. “I ain’t trippin off that. Hopefully, [there’s] no suspension off that. I believe if I [did something to get] suspended, I might most likely have gotten ejected.”

“It is aggressive playoff basketball,” Barton added. “Some issues are going to occur. If we’re all on the market simply being pleasant, it ain’t going to appear to be no one making an attempt to win.”

It has been a curler coaster second-round collection between two aggressive groups, and it appears solely pure that tensions lastly flared.

Damian Lillard hit six 3-pointers and scored 32 factors, and CJ McCollum added 30 factors for the Path Blazers. Rodney Hood offered a difference-making 25 factors to maintain Portland’s season alive.

“We do not stop,” Portland’s Enes Kanter stated. “I imply that is one factor, we do not stop. I imply we misplaced Recreation 5 by, what, [26] factors? We all know we’re able to successful there, we will beat that crew.”

The Blazers gained Recreation 2 in Denver 97-90. However the Nuggets will likely be taking part in a second consecutive Recreation 7 on this postseason at house, the place they had been a league-best 34-7 within the common season. The Nuggets, although, know they can’t rely merely on the truth that they gained Recreation 7 in opposition to the San Antonio Spurs at house, 90-86.

“It is bizarre, everybody retains speaking about expertise,” Denver guard Jamal Murray stated of lots of the younger Nuggets taking part in of their first postseason. “I simply need to say that we have been right here earlier than. We’ll return house, regroup like we did for San Antonio, come again with vitality and simply be able to play.”

Denver coach Michael Malone stated he’s hoping each groups will likely be at full power, with nothing additional popping out of the Recreation 6 skirmish.

“I do know for us — I did not see their bench — however our bench by no means got here near approaching the ground,” Malone stated. “The referees and coaches from each groups did an ideal job of breaking it up.

“I did not see something that might warrant any additional techs, suspensions, no matter. Hopefully, each groups are at full power for Recreation 7, which is what the followers deserve.”

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