While the Golden State Warriors were busy completing an undefeated three-game road-trip in New Orleans, former guard Jordan Poole and the Washington Wizards were being taught a lesson by the championship-contending Boston Celtics.
After scoring 27 points to lead the Wizards to their first win of the season on Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies, it was back to earth for Poole who even drew criticism from Celtics TV analyst Brian Scalabrine.
After departing the Golden State Warriors in the offseason, Jordan Poole is learning to live without the offensive threats of the splash brothers next to him.
Washington gave up 42 points in the opening period against the Celtics and 77 in the first-half. Poole finished with just 11 points, three rebounds and two assists on 5-11 shooting, finishing a -29 on the night.
The 24-year-old also had three turnovers on Monday, with Scalabrine clearly eager to remind Poole that he’s no longer playing alongside the same offensive threats as he did with the Warriors.
"“I can dribble around, no one’s leaving Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. It ain’t like that anymore. They’re keyed in on you number 13”, Scalabrine exclaimed."
Scalabrine’s criticism came soon after Poole went viral for a casual attempted three in transition that resulted in a Kristaps Porzingis block and layup on the other end. Wizards fans are learning of some of the frustration that comes with the talented young guard, though their rebuilding timeline gives Poole plenty of time to grow into his bigger role.
Poole is averaging 18.7 points, three rebounds and three assists through three games, but is shooting just 38.5% from the floor and 21.7% from three-point range with the Wizards record at 1-2.
Meanwhile, his replacement at the Warriors, Chris Paul, has made a smooth start through his first four games. The 38-year-old is averaging 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists, and was a combined +39 in the back-to-back against Houston and New Orleans.
In an eagerly anticipated matchup, the Warriors are set to see Poole back at Chase Center for the first time on December 23.