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Will Barton reportedly irate about Seth Curry’s comment, amused by Evan Turner flipping off Nuggets

Update: Apparently, Evan Turner copped to flipping off the Nuggets, but says he was provoked.

Jason Quick of The Athletic:

Another Twitter used provided visual evidence:

Zach Collins fell into Will Barton. Barton kept his balance by pushing Collins. Seth Curry pushed Barton. Barton pushed Curry. A minor fracas ensued and drew four technical fouls.

Everything has only escalated since that moment late in the Trail Blazers’ Game 6 win over the Nuggets yesterday.

After the game, Curry said:

“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.”

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:
Barton was irate when he heard Curry’s remarks, sources told Yahoo Sports. He was convinced Curry was trying to play a tough-guy role he was not capable of or qualified to pull off.

Evan Turner also flipped off the Nuggets after assisting C.J. McCollum’s dagger 3-pointer, according to Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post.

Turner gestured toward Denver’s bench, but McCollum was standing between. Maybe Turner was just signaling to McCollum. On the telecast, it’s unclear whether Turner is even sticking up his middle finger:


Shown a photo taken by The Denver Post of Turner giving the Nuggets that one-finger salute, guard Will Barton was amused.

Dial up the tension for Game 7 Sunday. There are enough slights here, real or imagined, to fuel both teams.