Friday’s game between the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans was meaningless. The Pelicans were already eliminated, and, regardless of the outcome, the Warriors season and play-in standing will come down to Sunday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
And so the Dubs rested Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins. They rocked a starting lineup of Jordan Poole, Mychal Mulder, Kent Bazemore, Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Kevon Looney. Alen Smailagić played 20 minutes.
It was a great time to kick back, relax, and not care about the game while you have a beer or four.
Poole did not exactly get the memo. Poole cared about a meaningless game. Poole set a career high. Poole rolled his ankle, went to the locker room, and somehow returned to the game. Poole made the game-winning layup, which allowed you to forget that the game was meaningless because wins are fun.
Jordan Poole, y’all.
Here’s the go ahead bucket:
And here’s some other awesomeness:
Poole finished with 38 points on 12-for-22 shooting, including 4-for-9 from deep and 10-for-11 from the charity strip, and threw in 6 assists for good measure.
His backcourt mate nearly matched his pace, as Mulder splashed in 28 points on 10-for-17 shooting, with 7 triples.
If you squint, it almost looked like the Splash Bros were the Warriors starting backcourt. That’s enough to make you smile.
Eric Paschall returned and shot 4-for-5 to finish with 12 points. Jordan Bell had 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks in his first Warriors game since 2019. Alen Smailagić made a three! Nico Mannion almost had a triple.
Good things happened. Now they get to work for Sunday.