Klay Thompson
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The Golden State Warriors combo guard Jordan Poole scored 30 points (5 3PT) in his playoff debut, staying in the starting lineup as Stephen Curry returned from a foot injury, and the Warriors smothered star big man Nikola Jokic to beat the Denver Nuggets 123-107 on Saturday night in Game 1 of the first-round series.

After the game, the Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, who returned to the playoff stage for the first time in nearly three years following two serious injuries, shared some of his thoughts on Jordan Poole’s journey to his 30-point playoff debut:

“To be 20 years old and have to deal with what he did as a rookie … he’s 22 years old and he’s out there scoring 30 effortlessly … I just can’t say enough good things about him.”