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Poole at his best for Warriors on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers

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Jordan Poole

Five weeks into the NBA season, the Warriors simply continue to dominate their opponents. At 15-2, the Dubs are not only proving that they are the real deal, but they are also doing it in a fashion that should terrify the league.

Here are some notes and observations about the last week of action:

1) Wiggins staying true to his word

Apparently Andrew Wiggins was not joking around when he proclaimed he would be an aggressive version of himself after dominating the Minnesota Timberwolves. Over the last seven games, starting from the matchup with Minnesota in which he caught fire, Wiggins is averaging over 23 points per game, on 56 percent shooting from the field and 41 percent from deep.

Wiggins now is leading the Warriors by shooting over 49 percent overall from the field, to go with a solid 36 percent from deep.

2) Jordan Poole at his best on catch-and-shoot 3's

We have all seen how electric Jordan Poole can be with the ball in his hands. His first move is lightning quick, and his ability to finish at the rim has become one of the best offensive skills on the entire team. But when Poole is really rolling, his 3-point shot can be a dangerous weapon. And it all starts with his shot selection.

Poole loves to dance with the ball and shake defenders like Steph Curry, before pulling up from deep. However, statistically, he is only a 24 percent shooter from long range when doing so.

 

But when Poole sets his feet and fires away off a catch-and-shoot look, his percentage climbs dramatically to 36 percent. Like most would assume, he is at his very best when left wide open, where he shoots 39 percent from 3-point range. So waiting for the right shot from deep is significant to Poole's game.

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Over the last two games, Poole has been under control and patient with his 3-point opportunities. Coupled with his incredible ability to get to the rim, he is averaging 32.5 points per game, on a sensational 66 percent from the field and 63 percent from deep.

3) Kevon Looney crashing the boards

The Warriors have surprised the league with their ability to snatch rebounds, and Kevon Looney has been one of the many catalysts for this ascension. Looney has now grabbed 10 or more rebounds in four of the last seven games, the second-best stretch of his career since the end of the last season when he accomplished the feat in four of six games.

Also out of all rotation players in the NBA, Looney is seventh in offensive rebounds per 36 minutes. His unique ability to keep plays alive so that his teammates like Curry can get a second look on offensive possessions has been invaluable.

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