ANN ARBOR – The emergence of Jordan Poole has the Golden State Warriors one game away from the NBA Finals after beating Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks 109-103 on Sunday.
With the victory, the Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the best of seven Western Conference Finals.
Although minor (10 points), Poole’s presence was felt, especially during the winning time, as he knocked down two three-pointers in the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks were on an 11-2 run on the stretch and trailed Golden State 104-99 when future Hall of Fame guard Klay Thompson (19 points) drove to the paint and dished the rock at Poole for the elbow three to silence the crowd.
After the shot, Poole taunted the fans with his Notorious BIG Long Kiss Goodnight impersonation as he came back on defense.
Teams that take a 3-0 series lead are 146-0 in these series. If the Warriors can seal the deal and advance, it will be their sixth trip to the Finals in eight years.
It all depends on the snake’s head, like Steph Curry keep carrying duplicates. He dropped 31 points in the win.
Curry has scored 30 or more points seven times this playoff, joining GOAT Michael Jordan and Lebron James at 34 or more. Jordan and James also won Finals MVPs in the season that those numbers were run.
Curry spoke to the media after the game about his performance.
“You know I put up with everything,” Curry said. “But that’s not the motivation, though. The motivation is the fact that we are back on this stage with the opportunity to race again for a finals appearance. After a two year hiatus and being back with our core but with a new cast of characters gives us the opportunity to do something special.
The new cast of characters, like Poole and Andrew Wiggins, turned out to be what the doctor ordered for the Golden State Warriors.
General manager Bob Myers continued to build around his core of Curry, Thompson and former Michigan State Spartans forward Draymond Green. But the future of the team, with James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, is shaping up like a good recipe for jambalaya.
Poole bridges the gap between yesterday and today. His style and playing are reminiscent of Curry when he first hit the scene in 2015, and his emergence brings it all together.
The Warriors will look to sweep the Mavericks on Tuesday, May 24 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on TNT. Tipping is at 9 p.m. at the American Airlines Arena.
Will the Warriors advance or can the Mavericks avoid elimination?
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