NBA Daily Notes: Jordan Poole, Hot Bam, and the Streaking Celtics

Jordan Poole again excelled in a starting role to power the Warriors to a runaway win.

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Jordan Poole and other takeaways (November 15)

  • With the Golden State Warriors opting to rest Klay Thompson today, Jordan Poole was inserted into the starting lineup and thrived at it. He exploded for a season-high 36 points, leading the Warriors to a 132-95 runaway victory over the San Antonio Spurs. In the three games that Poole has started this season, he has averaged 28.7 points on a stellar 64.3% True Shooting. Poole is surely a starter on any other team, but Warriors head coach Steve Kerr isn’t thinking of giving that regular role to the 23-year-old just yet.
  • Bam Adebayo was again superb today, finishing with a game-high 30 points in the Miami Heat’s thrilling 113-112 win over the visiting Phoenix Suns. It’s the second straight game that Bam has attempted at least 18 shots and the results have been good: 27.0 points on 62.1% True Shooting in that span. The even more encouraging Bam stat today is the uptick in his aggression, as he hit 12 of his season-high 14 attempts from the free throw line.
  • Admired for their topnotch defense last season, the Boston Celtics have been fueled by a top-ranked offense on their way to a league-best 11-3 record. The Celtics are ranked first in offensive rating (119.5) this season, with Jayson Tatum (31.9) and Jaylen Brown (25.4) both averaging at least 25 points. The duo again eclipsed 25 markers in today’s 126-122 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s scary for the league when their defense eventually catches up on their offense, especially when Robert Williams III makes his return probably sometime in December.
  • There’s no doubt that Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has made the jump from good to great this season. The 30-point outings are no fluke now, especially with him putting up at least 30 points in nine of the 13 Thunder games so far. SGA’s slithery shot-creating was again on display, as he tallied 37 points and eight assists in the recent loss to the Celtics.
  • NBA Fantasy players might want to check if Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher is still available to be claimed. With the absence of Pascal Siakam and Precious Achiuwa depleting their frontcourt depth, Boucher has stepped up to the plate in the last three games, logging north of 30 minutes each contest and averaging 19.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals.

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