Jordan Poole was so explosive in Golden State’s playoff opener that Stephen Curry may be coming off the bench for a second straight sport.
Poole actually has a tough act to comply with up when the third-seeded Warriors host the sixth-seeded Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round sequence on Monday night time at San Francisco.
The 22-year-old Poole was 9-of-13 taking pictures — making 5 of seven from 3-point vary — in Golden State’s 123-107 win on Saturday. He scored 30 factors to tie Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond (1989) for the second-highest scoring playoff debut in Warriors’ historical past.
Legendary Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain holds the franchise report of 35 in 1960 for the Philadelphia Warriors.
“Wow, what a playoff debut,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson stated. “He’s just incredible. What a star in the making.”
Poole drew the beginning in Game 1 forward of Curry because the latter made his return from a left foot harm that sidelined him for 12 video games. Curry scored 16 factors on 5-of-13 taking pictures in 22 minutes.
Thompson preferred what he noticed from his long-time backcourt mate.
“I thought he looked great,” Thompson stated. “His shot was short in the first half, but that’s to be expected when you come off a long layoff. But he’s still Steph Curry.”
Golden State coach Steve Kerr hasn’t introduced whether or not he’ll follow the present plan or re-insert Curry into the beginning lineup. Regardless, Poole was simply completely happy that playoff sport No. 1 was an awesome success.
“It was good to get the first one under my belt,” Poole stated. “I waited two years for this. (Curry and Thompson), they told me to continue to be me and to play my game and be ready for the moment.”
Perhaps Poole’s efficiency in opposition to the Nuggets shouldn’t have been seen as such a shock. He averaged 22.7 factors and made 14 of 23 3-point makes an attempt in three regular-season appearances in opposition to Denver.
No matter who begins Monday, Game 1 displayed that Golden State will use lots of three-guard alignments all through this sequence.
“When you have three shooters and scorers like Steph Curry, Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson, this has to be a multiple-effort series,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone stated. “They are not coming down jacking bad shots. They are going to work and work and work and move you to get the best shot. We have to be willing and able to defend for the entirety of the 24-second clock.”
Nikola Jokic, the favourite to repeat as league MVP, registered 25 factors, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Denver. But he didn’t pack an enormous presence in a contest through which the Nuggets trailed by as many as 24 factors.
“I think I missed a couple of easy ones, but I think that they were defending me really well,” Jokic stated. “So I need to be better. I just need to at least make the layups and easy shots.”
Will Barton added 24 factors, however the finish result’s that the Nuggets didn’t resemble the squad that received three of 4 regular-season outings in opposition to the Warriors.
There additionally proceed to be rumblings that star guard Jamal Murray — out the previous 12 months on account of an ACL tear — may return later within the sequence.
And after the Game 1 loss, ahead Michael Porter Jr. stated he may return through the sequence. Porter has been sidelined five-plus months on account of again woes that included present process surgical procedure for the third time up to now 4 1/2 years.
“Right now, I’m taking it game by game. I’m not ruling anything out,” Porter informed ESPN. “This is a thing I don’t ever want to deal with again, so I’m just taking my time. … Every day I’m getting closer.”
Denver will get reserve guard Facundo Campazzo again from a one-game suspension for pushing Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington from behind within the regular-season finale on April 10.
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