Jordan Poole defends himself against Ja Morant injury insinuation

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Poole defends himself against insinuation he tried to hurt Ja originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

One moment from the Warriors' blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies could determine how the remainder of the series plays out.

With just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Golden State's 142-112 win over Memphis at Chase Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, Ja Morant appeared to have sustained a knee injury on a loose-ball play involving Jordan Poole.

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins talked to reporters after the game and implied that Poole grabbing near Morant's knee caused the injury.

When Poole spoke to reporters, he had yet to even watch the replay.

"I didn't even really see it yet... so I don't know what to say about it," Poole said postgame.

A reporter then handed Poole a phone with the video of the play, to which Poole watched and claimed it was nothing more than a "basketball play."

"Yeah it was a basketball play," Poole added. "We doubled him. I hit the ball and I was going for the ball and obviously, you don't want to see anybody get hurt. I'm not even that type of player. I respect everybody. I mean obviously, I hope he gets better and we can see him out there next game. But I don't even play like that. For real, that's not my type of game."

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When asked about Morant's now-deleted Tweet claiming that Poole "broke the code" on that play, the Warriors' guard offered a simple response.

"We have another game on Monday."

It's clear where Poole and the Warriors stand. They know the third-year guard had zero intentions of hurting Morant.

Speaking of that game on Monday... buckle up.

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