Jordan Poole was actually pre-celebrating the shoot when all eyes were on Steph Curry when he picked up the ball in transition and spots up for a 3-pointer, and rightfully so. He’s regarded as the greatest free-throw shooter of all time, and he’ll let the ball fly, and more often than not it will hit the rim as he, his teammates, and the crowd at the Chase Center go wild.
When Klay Thompson passed to his fellow Splash Brother on the wing in a two-on-one opportunity midway through the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 104-94 win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, it looked like that was what was going to happen. As a result, Celtics guard Marcus Smart was given an opportunity to get back into the game. Following his refusal of the three-point attempt, Curry was forced to settle for a mid-range jumper, which he missed.
Steph’s teammate Jordan Poole had already started dancing in anticipation of a Steph three-pointer from the bench when Smart pumped the fake. Playing it off after Curry didn’t shoot made Poole scratch his head. You can watch the video below:
JP tried playing off his early celly 😂 pic.twitter.com/x72r0em4kq
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 14, 2022
On Monday, Curry had a terrible shooting night and went 0-for-9 from long range, breaking his NBA record of 233 straight games (regular season and postseason) with a 3-pointer. It was even more surprising given that Curry had a 43-point performance in Game 4 of the Finals to start the first four games of the series.
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Curry shot just 7 of 22 for 16 points, but he had eight assists, only one turnover, and solid defense to help the Warriors take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven series against the Cavaliers. Even if he has a bad night, he will most likely win his first Finals MVP award if the Warriors win their fourth championship in eight seasons with a win on Thursday in Game 6 or Sunday in a potential Game 7. With each backbreaking Steph 3-pointer, Poole is sure to keep dancing in anticipation.