Explain One Play: how Jordan Poole handled The Steph Curry Blitz to shock the Heat
Well that was unexpected
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The Warriors need Jordan Poole to play Steph Curry’s role in the offense while Steph is injured, and the HEAT gave Poole the full Steph Curry defensive treatment down the stretch of the 2022.03.23.GSW-MIA game.
Let’s watch to see how Poole handled the blitzes and kept the offense running to close out the shocking upset of Miami despite GSW missing most of the main rotation.
Co-starring Andrew Wiggins, Gary Payton II, Kevon Looney, and Damion Lee. With Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler and Duncan Robinson.
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Agreed, big lack of coordination with the teammates from Bjelica at the end there.
Also: I wasn't as upset at the 6th foul on Kuminga as Fitz was, mostly because it was essentially a blocking foul (even though the ref didn't do the sign for a blocking foul). Like, yeah, it would be better as a no-call, as a lot of other more egregious interactions were left uncalled this game, but he did basically jump in Butler's way creating the contact, so, OK. I was more upset on the several out-of-bounds calls we got robbed on. Guess refs can't see everything though.
Huge game from Poole and Kuminga. GP2 also was looking like himself again. And I did notice the Bjelica-Kuminga connection was working well. Makes me second guess how much Klay has been shooting us out of games lately. But then again, Wiggins and Lee have also had some real awful cold streaks before this game. Can't say the NBA is predictable at this rate!