SAN ANTONIO — Late in the fourth quarter of Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, it appeared Spurs big man Dewayne Dedmon got away with a dangerous moving screen on Stephen Curry.
“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,” Curry told ESPN after Warriors practice on Sunday. “Luckily no one was hurt.”
He said he didn’t realize how egregious the screen was until he saw a replay the next morning.
The incident occurred with 4:36 remaining in the contest. At the time, the Warriors had a 17-point lead.
Curry was guarding rookie Dejounte Murray near the baseline when Dedmon came from behind and set a blindsided screen, but the initial contact was his left knee driving into thigh-area of Curry followed with a subtle shove in the back.
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The two-time MVP was decked to the hardwood upon impact. No foul was called on the play and Curry was subbed out a minute later.
“I thought it was an illegal screen,” Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown said to ESPN. “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.”
A source told ESPN the league office doesn’t anticipate issuing Dedmon a penalty.
The Warriors won 120-108 and took a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.
Dedmon was teammates with Curry for four games during the 2013-14 season. Curry said he doesn’t hold a grudge. He just views it as an unnecessary play.