ANOTHER ‘dirty play’ took the spotlight in the NBA Western Conference Finals between Golden State and San Antonio, with Warriors star Stephen Curry calling out Spurs backup big Dewayne Dedmon for a dangerous moving screen late in their Game 3 win to take a 3-0 series lead.
With the Warriors up by 17 with 4:36 left to play in Saturday’s (Sunday, Manila time) Game 3, Dedmon came from behind Curry to set a screen for his teammate Dejounte Murray near the baseline. But the Warriors guard and even acting coach Mike Brown pointed out that Dedmon’s act of driving his left knee to Curry’s thigh was illegal and unnecessary.
“I know he’s not a dirty player. I’m not going to try to mess up his reputation, but I feel like that was a dirty play. Luckily no one was hurt,” Curry told ESPN’s Chris Haynes after Warriors practice on Sunday (Monday, Manila time).
Curry got floored after the pick, but he said he didn’t notice the danger in the move until he saw the replay the morning after. Brown agreed with the two-time NBA MVP.
“I thought it was an illegal screen. When it happened live, I was not sure, but when you look at the film, it was an illegal pick. Sometimes the officials make the call, and sometimes they don’t,” said Brown, as no foul was called on the play.
Watch the play below:
The Warriors won Game 3, 120-108, and will try to finish off the Spurs on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).