When you score 27 points or more in four of the first six playoff games of your career,
you're understandably going to draw some attention. For Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole,
that attention came not only from fans who perhaps hadn't previously been exposed to his offensive exploits but also from opposing defenses.
Poole was held to just 19 total points in the final two games of the Warriors'
first-round series against the Denver Nuggets while going 6-for-20 from the floor
and 2-for-9 from 3-point range. Warriors coach Steve Kerr noted how the Nuggets were much more physical
with Poole in those games, and it was fair to consider whether a tough, strong roster like
the Memphis Grizzlies would follow the blueprint and put
the clamps on Poole in Game 1 of their second-round series.