Midway through the fourth quarter of a 119-108 Second Round Game Six victory for the Portland Trail Blazers, Blazers guard Seth Curry and Denver Nuggets forward (and former people’s champion) Will Barton got into a shoving match. Blazers forward Zach Collins and Nuggets forward Torrey Craig also got involved, the end result being four technical fouls for all players.
Here’s video of the moment.
Here's another look at the Barton-Curry altercation pic.twitter.com/NSCaM9DgWO— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 10, 2019
ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk wrote about the incident, writing that Curry was not pleased with Barton’s shove, describing his actions and the Nuggets players as “sassy”
“He waited for a few people to get in between us, and when a few people were in between us, he put his finger in my eye,” Curry said of Barton. “You know what I’m saying. I can’t allow people to put their fingers in my eye.
”That’s real sassy. They got a few sassy dudes over there. Front-runners. And we can’t allow that.”
Tensions have risen these past couple games between the two teams. Blazers center Enes Kanter called out Nuggets star Nikola Jokic for his aggressive boxout directed at Kanter’s injured shoulder in Game Three and a standoff involving Jokic, Collins and Blazers center Meyers Leonard occurred after Leonard was called for a flagrant foul on Jokic in Game Five. But as former Blazer Barton describes it, that’s just what happens in the playoffs.
“It’s competitive playoff basketball,” Barton added. “Some things are going to happen. If we are all out there just being friendly, it ain’t going to look like nobody trying to win.”
The two teams face off for Game Seven on Sunday. You can read Youngmisuk’s whole article here.