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Jordan Poole surprised Stephen Curry as the best player of the Golden State Warriors in their playoff series against the Memphis Grizzly and neither was the best player on the field, former NBA star Antoine Walker said Thursday.
Walker appeared in FOX Sports’ “First Things First” to analyze the best players in the Western Conference semi-finals. He said it was clear that Curry was the third best player in the series behind Poole and Morant.
“I think Steph is the third best player in this series. I think they are Ja Morant, Jordan Poole and then Steph Curry. Jordan Poole is the best Warriors player right now. I hope you understand that and I think he proved it. “, he said.
“From the first round of the playoffs with the Denver Nuggets and also from the first two away games, Jordan Poole is the best player in the Golden State Warriors right now. That’s why Steve Kerr has had a hard time getting him out of lineup But Ja Morant is the best player of the series “.
Both Curry and Poole started games 1 and 2 in the series. The Warriors won Game 1 and the Grizzlies won Game 2. Curry was -9 in Game 1 with 24 points and -11 in Game 2 with 27 points. Poole was +10 in Race 1 with 31 points and was +2 in Race 2 with 20 points.
Both players have been important to the Warriors’ success this season and there is still a lot of game left in the playoff series.
Walker pointed out, however, that Morant is the best player in the series.
“Ja Morant is the best player in the series, but I don’t think Ja Morant is the smartest player in the series”, ex Boston Celtics said the star. “And what I mean by this is that he will make sure he can keep his footprint and foot on his neck as long as he did in the last 5 or 6 minutes of that game scoring 15 consecutive points? T like Ja Morant to pull 23 from three in two games. I don’t think that’s his strength. Should he shoot a couple? Obviously because they say it about him and you want them to respect you and open up the lane guide a little. We know how energetic he plays and just want to make sure he’s smart.
“One thing Steph will do is that he will play smart. He will use picks, he will use Draymond Green. He will come out of the pick and roll. He will use his teammates a lot more than Ja Morant will probably use his teammates, so this is it. where I’m talking about being smart because this guy has the ability to put pressure on you every game, whether it’s scoring or passing. “
Morant has become the face of the Grizzlies in recent years. He was -1 in Game 1 with 34 points and 10 assists, almost getting a triple double. In Race 3, he had 47 points and was +13.
Game 3 between the two teams is set for Saturday at 20:30 in San Francisco.