By Royce Young | NBA writer
November 29, 2013 9:45 am ET
Remember how Mark Jackson called the Nuggets out last postseason for what he perceived as "dirty play," citing a Denver mole that fed him such information?
Here's what Jackson said following Game 5:
"They tried to send hit men on (Stephen Curry), but I give them credit... There were some dirty plays early. It's playoff basketball; it's all right. Make no mistake about it: we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, and clean basketball, not trying to hurt anyone.
"I have inside information that some people don't like that brand of basketball, and they clearly didn't co-sign it so they wanted to let me know that they had no part in what was taking place."
There were a lot of ponderings about who the insider could be, but former Nuggets coach George Karl thinks he knows, and he doesn't have any doubts. Via Dave Krieg:
Q: Do you think Andre Iguodala was Mark Jackson's “mole”?
A: No question.
Q: Does that bug you?
A: I just think that's media hype. I mean, that series was not a physical series. Everybody wants to be more aggressive with the guy kicking your ass, so . . . .
Q: The media didn't say it. Jackson said it.
A: I thought Mark had a lot of tricks in that series that were bush- . . . I don't know. I don't know what they were. Almost high-schoolish. They were beneath the NBA level. And they might have worked. They might have motivated his young team in a good way. You know, he'd announce a starting lineup and start another guy. C'mon, man. You think we're not ready for that?
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