Warriors’ Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson kiss, are ‘on fire together’

There was a moment at Chase Center recently that penetrated beyond its heartwarming nature and straight into the upcoming playoffs. Jordan Poole hugged Klay Thompsonand a noticeable problem is gone – most likely for good.

The Warriors had just come off a big win over Utah, and both men had fans in a joyful uproar. It was one of those nights when the team played so well, against a potential playoff opponent, Stephen Curry was able to enjoy his place on the bench without worry. But Poole didn’t just kiss Thompson; he hugged tight and rested his head on Klay’s shoulder, as if welcoming a long-lost brother. Of the many hot episodes that night, this was the most significant.

There had been nothing close to a feud between the two men, only the awkward machinations of playing time. Poole had been a starter while Thompson was finishing up recovering from his multiple injuries, and the third-year sensation was pretty comfortable with it. Thompson came back furious and wasted no time firing at will, relentlessly, even on nights he was clearly away. There were times when you wondered if he was actually hurting the team, including on the defensive end, where he made a few glaring mistakes in a week.

Thompson really found his groove in that 111-107 win, scoring 36 of 14 for 28 shooting and 8 for 17 from 3-point range, and he lit up the Lakers for 33 on Thursday night. Warriors Head Coach Steve
Kerr made it clear he was staying with Thompson (anyone who claims otherwise must be crazy) and said fans can expect a lot more from an intriguing combination that has worked brilliantly so far: Curry, Thompson and Poole on the floor at the same time, including the final moments of a close game.

Picture now Draymond Green at the center, a crucial role he has played continuously over the years, and Andre Igoudala or Andre Wiggins as the fifth man with everything on the line. If you’re still in pessimistic mode over a Golden State malaise that’s lasted a little too long, maybe even lingering in a first-round outing, forget about it if Curry comes back strong. The Warriors are rebuilding a powerhouse — the one that opened the season 18-2 — and how it looks from here, they’ll outclass any team in the Western Conference until they get to Phoenix. (They will also win this series, but that’s a topic for another day.)

With all due respect to Ja Morant, Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Donovan Mitchell, Karl-Anthony Towns and Paul George (with Kawhi Leonard still an uncertain possibility for the Clippers), their surrounding players can’t match Golden State’s depth, outside shooting potential or championship experience. If Poole continues to look like a future All-Star — his absolute identity for three solid months — no team in Is conference will want any part of the Warriors.

“Jordan is going to be a big part of this run that we’re about to make,” Thompson said after the game against Utah. “To see how much he’s grown since his rookie year, I mean, wow, what a great JP player has become. And he’s only going to keep getting better. He’s one of the best with the ball in the hands that I have seen for a long time.”

As for Kerr, he took note of that epic embrace, telling 95.7 The Game that it “basically symbolized that bond being forged.” Because they’re finally in the fire together and they’ve never been there before. That’s great.

The DH landscape

Like it or not, the DH arrived in the National League. Here’s a look at how NL teams used it on Opening Day: Atlanta: Alex Dickerson. Yes, the ex-Giant. … Colon: Connor Joe. Now it’s getting ridiculous. …Giants: Darin Ruf. One of many good choices, with Wilmer Flores, Joc Pederson, LaMonte Wade Jr. Joey Bart, Tommy LaStella and Austin Slater (among others) to follow. … Saint Louis: Albert Pujol. Perfect. …Washington: Nelson Cruz. The stepped hitter suits him perfectly. …Arizona: Seth Beer. The rookie hit a home run against San Diego — on National Beer Night, for heaven’s sake. … Dodges: Justin Turner. One of many great choices. … Philadelphia Cream: pseudo castellanos. Feared in the league. …San Diego: Luke Sees. Yankees Power Threat. …Cincinnati: mike mustakas. Aggressive slasher. …Milwaukee: Andrew McCutchen. Nice acquisition; he still has it. …Pittsburgh: Daniel Vogelbach. Hit 30 HRs for the ’19 Mariners; from. …Miami: Jesus Aguilar. 93 man RBI for last year’s team. … Cubs: Raphael Ortega. Barely a prospect (he’s 30), but he hit .291 last season. … Put: JD Davis. The Elk Grove product needs a comeback from injuries, and there are other solid options out there. … Summary: Hard to complain.

What we’d like to see from the Giants: Starting in the morning, fans can check out streaming video reviews of every minor league game from the previous night. We get these highlights in spurts, but not in a full package. The system is loaded with top prospects, especially High-A Eugene, with shortstop Marco Lucianoflyers Luis Matos, hunter bishop and Jairo Pomares (an electrifying Cuban prospect who hit a .330 total in four saves in the minor leagues), catcher Patrick Bailey and pitcher Kyle Harrison. They’re all players with serious major league potential, and the list doesn’t end there. … We don’t have to wait long to get a first look at the manager Bob Melvinis the irresistible San Diego Padres. They open a three-game series at Oracle Park on Monday, after adding Sean Manee to a deep rotation comprising Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Joe Musgrove and maybe a hotshot prospect mackenzie gore. Superstar in his own right Fernando Tatis Jr. will be missed (over three months with a fractured wrist), but the Padres think so highly of the rookie shortstop JC Abramsthey reportedly refused to include him when the Pirates proposed to the ex-Giant Bryan Reynolds (.302 over 159 games in 2021) in trade. The Padres also reached an opening week deal with the Twins to acquire the reliever from the Giants. Tyler Rogers‘ twin brothers, taylor, who made the All-Star team last season. (Nothing like Tyler on the mound, Taylor throws left-handed and over the top.)

Like james lebron love the idea of ​​playing with Curry, it’s fascinating to note that they were born in the same hospital in Akron, Ohio. But the all-Akron (birthplace) team doesn’t stop there, also including all-time greats Nate Thurmond and Gus Johnson. Fill it with Larry Nance Jr. and you are in business. … And finally, a toast to the retirement of Mark Ibanez, one of the best and kindest people in television broadcasting. Transition is almost a guarantee in this business, but Ibañez spent his entire 43-year career with Oakland-based Channel 2 KTVU and was a class act from start to finish.

Bruce Jenkins writes 3-Dot Lounge for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @Bruce_Jenkins1

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