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Even without feeling the presence of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala inside the hardwood, the young and bright nucleus of Golden State Warriors have balled out and stole the show in the 105-102 road win against the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. 

As such, the player of the game, Jordan Poole, who had a game-high 32 points, still thanked the veterans and the coaching staff in the huddle for preparing him in this kind of nail-biting moments — a possible prelude to his playoff debut this season. 

Speaking with the Dubs’ Postgame live crew, Poole thanked these people for the guidance they gave on his growth and maturity in handling the pressure. 

“Just teaching me stuff that we need for the playoffs as opposed to game 14 or game 15, coach [Steve Kerr] just told me last game that he isn’t coaching me for now, he is coaching me for the when the playoffs come and when the finals come, so I think we all have a pretty clear view of what we want to do and what we need to do to get there,” Poole said.

The Warriors are off to a great start this season and are looking to set their newest championship foundation following last decade’s dynasty, having the best record in the NBA (14-2) even missing the services of Klay Thompson and James Wiseman. 

Poole hasn’t tasted a postseason appearance since being drafted in 2019, and this given sentiments of him only show his excitement to embark the basketball’s grandest stage with an established group in Warriors. 

Golden State will head back home to San Francisco as they are set for a face-off against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.