For the second game in a row, the Golden State Warriors knocked off an Eastern Conference team behind Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins putting up big scoring numbers. The difference was this time Stephen Curry and Draymond Green were on the court with them, as opposed to the other night in Detroit when they were injury scratches.
As the 22-year old Poole and 26-year old Wiggins step more and more into the limelight, I just want to reflect on how far we’ve come as a fanbase. For context, I grew up in a culture of basketball conversations where people will celebrate your good takes like you’re a savant and dog you for bad takes until the day you die. It’s a humorous way to bond and perpetual fodder for barbershop chat.
I’m sure there will be somebody at my funeral muttering “remember when he said they shoulda traded Steph over Monta” and sending a wave of nostalgic giggles throughout my buddy group. And I will haunt them from beyond for their disrespect.
Anyways, here’s a brief set of receipts from the “Poole Shouldn’t Be a Warrior” files.
Poor Man's Commish @poormanscommishJordan Poole imo does not fit the culture or #KerrSytem, which demands high IQ. That’s not a knock on his game. I just see him contrasting so much with the Warriors culture. Perhaps it overlaps into the Q&As/podium. He might fit better with the Nets or Clippers, 76ers under Doc
And then there’s Wiggins, who has been the subject of countless arguments within Dub Nation for allegedly not deserving his big-time contract, a contract that was supposed to handcuff the Warriors from ever developing a complete roster. You know it’s funny, the Bay Area is supposedly known for being anti-racism, but plenty Warriors fans hated to see a black man get handsomely paid and create generational wealth in his community when it came to Wiggins HMMMMMMMMM OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE.
Lmao, I’ll let Nick Wright sum up all that handwringing.
Lol. Last night Curry was 2-of-10 from the field with 8 assists, but the Warriors cruised to the finish line of a 119-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors in part because Poole and Wiggins were BALLING. Poole scored 33 points on 10-of-13 shooting (8-of-11 beyond the arc) while Wiggins added 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting (6-of-8 from downtown).
With Curry warping the defense to track his every move, and Draymond Green quarterbacking GSW’s defense (14 rebounds) and offense (8 assists), there was plenty of room for Poole and Wiggins to get busy.
Remember when there was that real heavy conversation about trading Wiggins and two lottery picks for Siakim lmao.
The same Siakim that was a -18 plus/minus on the floor last night and couldn’t guard Wiggins to save his life?
Okay let’s put the receipts away for today. There will be plenty more to roll out as this team continues to smash opponents. The Dubs ran the Raptors out of the gym with stingy defense, non-stop motion on offense, and dead-eye shooting. The beatings will only get worse when Klay Thompson and James Wiseman are back on the floor; get ready.