Golden State Warriors keeper Jordan Poole had one of his best scoring games of the season on Wednesday, but the performance was marred by a strange decision in the seconds. final of the loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Poole scored 38 points against the leaders of the Western Conference Suns on March 30, although the Warriors failed in part due to Poole’s decision to drop three points in the first half by Poole with five seconds remaining. The shot bounced off the backboard and the Suns grabbed the bounce, taking a free throw to break the competition.
After the match, Poole explained why he decided to do the low percentage shot instead of using the remaining seconds to try to get a better finish.
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The half-time trial drew some scorn on social media, with some questioning whether Poole realized how much time was left on the clock. The Warriors guard said after the game that he was well aware of the situation and was trying to make a shot before the Suns had a chance to save. Because the Warriors were on a bounty, the Suns could have fouled Poole and caused him to throw two free throws into the line, taking away any realistic chance the Warriors would have had to tie the game and deliver it. in overtime.
When asked what he was thinking with the ball in hand and time running out, Poole said he had seen the Suns set up a trap where he would likely be fouled before he had a chance to shoot.
“Three free throws are possible,” replied Poole, via SI.com’s Inside the Warriors. “Obviously I shoot to make money, but they also set traps. There’s a guy in the middle and a guy in the half yard. There really isn’t much to do. “
Poole added: “We got the bonus and we dropped three points.” “If I dribbled more, they fouled, we threw two free throws and then we wouldn’t have had a chance to get three.”
Warriors Skid Continue
The loss to the Suns was the fourth in a row for the Warriors, who have struggled with Steph Curry being dropped from the squad with a foot injury. It was Curry’s Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, who struggled the most in Wednesday’s loss. He was cold against the Suns, making only 5 of his 21 attempts and eating just 1 to 10 from 3 points.
After the game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he was encouraging Thompson to keep shooting and let the team keep attacking to create open shots.
“It’s not entirely surprising to be absent for two and a half years,” Kerr told reporters after the game, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “A lot of ups and downs, and he’s a competitor, he wants to do well, he tends to put pressure when things don’t go his way. It’s just because of how much he cares, and we have to continue to encourage him. The whole point was that we had to get great shots of each other. “
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