JP allays concerns with 36-point effort in Dubs win originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SAN FRANCISCO — On the final day of week four of the NBA season, Jordan Poole gave the Warriors and their anxious fans the kind of game they’ve been waiting for.
In Monday night’s starting lineup for Klay Thompson’s rest, Poole was electric in a 132-95 blowout of the overmatched San Antonio Spurs in front of a sold-out crowd (18,064) at Chase Center.
Poole finished with a game-high 36 points, two assists, two rebounds, three steals and no turnovers – his first game without a turnover this season. He was a stunning plus-33 in 29 minutes in perhaps the best all-around performance of his 198-game career.
“Obviously Jordan was pretty amazing offensively,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He started rolling right away.”
Poole scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first quarter, just about putting on the power of the offense.
What was particularly stunning on Poole’s bobblehead night was how he zigzagged, zagged and swaggered to sublime scoring efficiency: 13 of 20 from the field, including 5 of 10 from range and 5 of 6 of the line .
“Just be aggressive, play my game,” Poole said. “We had a game yesterday and we had to go out and win.”
It just so happens that JP’s best game of the season coincided with Golden State’s most impressive performance – which doesn’t mean now is the time to put him in the starting lineup and drag Klay to the bench. .
“No, it’s not something I think about,” Kerr said. “Our starting five with Klay has been really good this year. The most important thing is to find the right combinations on the bench.
This performance illustrated the positive impact Poole can have as a starter or sixth man when fully committed and cautiously asserted. He is, for now, the key to Golden State’s problematic second unit, making his production crucial to solving one of the team’s most recurring problems.
If JP struggles, the rest of the reserves will likely do the same.
If JP shines, the other reserves are also able to get some. Anthony Lamb, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, JaMychal Green and Donte DiVincenzo combined to score 57 points while shooting 64.5% from the field – including 60.0 from beyond the arc.
Laying a beating on the once mighty Spurs in no way means the Warriors are sufficiently repaired and now ready to continue the kind of winning streak that brings peace to the troubled minds among them. San Antonio is, after all, one of four or five teams in rebuilding mode.
“We’re just trying to develop and learn more about the game,” Spurs manager Gregg Popovich conceded in his pre-match press conference.
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What Poole’s star turn indicates is that he should be careful to shake off any lingering worries about his mentality following the much-discussed and frequently analyzed punch he took from Draymond Green on October 5.
Yeah, given Poole’s inconsistent play in the first month, that incident had stuck in more than a few minds.
Maybe it’s time to banish that thought.
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