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How Poole getting 'keys' to second unit helped development

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Jordan Poole answered the bell Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards in the Warriors' 118-114 loss, as the 21-year-old scored 22 points (6-for-10 on 3s) in 25 minutes off the bench.

He knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 104-93 lead with 6:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately for the Dubs, they ran out of gas.

But specifically for Poole, his growth continues to be a positive factor for the organization both in the present and into the future.

It's very possible that the franchise feels comfortable going into next season with Poole as the undisputed backup point guard.

"Coach gave me the keys to the second unit a little bit," Poole recently told The Athletic's Anthony Slater. "It allowed me to take charge, take control, be the scorer and aggressive playmaker in that unit.

"However many minutes I get, whatever it is, I just know I’m going out there in that second quarter and the coaches want me to play my game.”

Poole averaged 19.7 points and 2.9 assists in his first 10 games after returning to Golden State from the G League bubble, while shooting 49.6 percent overall and 41.1 percent (on 7.3 attempts) from beyond the arc.

The second-year combo guard then cooled off when Steph Curry returned from his five-game absence, averaging 9.7 points (35 percent from the field, 26.5 percent on 3s) and 2.4 assists over the next 12 games.

 

“He has that irrational confidence that is necessary to get through some of those ups and downs,” Curry told Slater. “I would love to show him some film of me in my second year, some of the ups and down I went through, trying to find your rhythm, find your shots as opportunities come and go.

"Just keep your confidence of who you are as a player. He’s going to continue to help us and continue to get better.”

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And Poole certainly has the drive and passion to never feel satisfied.

"It always goes back to the work for him,” assistant coach Chris DeMarco says. “His answer to everything is more work.”

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