Warriors' Jordan Poole draws Steph Curry comparisons after torching Nuggets

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Poole draws Steph comps from Dray, Kerr after torching Nuggets originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

We're running out of superlatives to discuss how incredible Jordan Poole's ascension has been for the Warriors.

And he keeps getting better.

After blistering the Denver Nuggets for 30 points in the Warriors' Game 1 win, Poole tortured the Nuggets again Monday by pouring in 29 points in Golden State's Game 2 shellacking. Poole's performance has been so impressive that he has coach Steve Kerr and Draymond Green comparing him to the man he has studied under for three seasons -- Steph Curry.

"Jordan is doing some of the same stuff Steph does, and that's tough," Green said Monday night after the Warriors' 126-106 win. "You're going to game plan for Steph, you're going to game plan for [Klay Thompson]. But now, you've got to game plan for Jordan. That's a different beast. You know, you're trapping Steph. Okay, well, if you're trapping Steph and you got Jordan on the floor too, it's hard to trap two guys.

"You swing the ball to a second side, and a big is going to get back -- it's tough. He has been watching Steph a lot, and he's doing his best impression, and it is incredible."

The Warriors went down by 12 midway through the second quarter when Kerr turned to the still-unnamed three-guard lineup with Curry, Poole, Thompson, Green, and Andrew Wiggins. What ensued was a 22-8 run in five minutes that included flurries from both Poole and Curry.

When the Poole Party starts, Kerr gets the same feeling he gets when No. 30 gets rolling.

"Some of those flurries out there from him tonight reminded me of his teammate who came off the bench a little bit," Kerr said. "It's pretty remarkable to see the similarities now with both the on- and off-ball stuff. Jordan has had a pretty good apprenticeship with learning from Steph. But he was fantastic tonight."

Poole admitted Tuesday that he started studying film of Curry on his own. Curry, a master of his craft, knows the predicament teams face when trying to shut down his protegee.

"Teams have to respect his jumper and how lethal he is pulling up that he can get guys to press up on him and blow by them," Curry said of Poole. "He's obviously got a quick first step and is pretty crafty with his finishes -- right hand, left hand, all different types of angles. It's tough to guard."

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Curry, who scorched Denver's hapless defense for 34 points off the bench in Game 2, sees how he and Poole working in harmony alongside Thompson makes life impossible for defenses. It's the definition of "Pick Your Poison" but multiplied to the extreme.

“It's hard to game plan against because you have to give up something,” Curry said. “There's just a lot of options. And for teams to make those decisions on the fly, it's difficult, especially when we are playing fast.

“It helps, not that we don't take turns, but you can put (Poole) in a pick-and-roll, me and Klay with space in the corner, there can be secondary and third options if they want to trap him. Or guys stay home (on us), and he has all the room in the world to make plays.”

After two seasons away from the playoffs, the Splash Brothers have returned to the bright lights of the postseason. But this time, a third has joined their ranks.

The will never be another Curry. To suggest so might get you committed. But it's not crazy to think Poole can craft his own star out of a blend of his unique talents and Curry's lessons. It's happening before our eyes.

Poole's rise isn't a fluke, and it's clear his "Curry impression" is no act. This is who Jordan Poole is, and the Warriors know he's just getting started.

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