As COVID-19 cases grow around the NBA, five different members of the Golden State Warriors have entered the league’s health and safety protocol.
Andrew Wiggins became the first player to return to the team on Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets. Now, having missed the last six games, Poole has been cleared to make his comeback for the Warriors.
The third-year shooting guard is expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Utah Jazz, according to head coach Steve Kerr. Poole was scheduled to return against the Nuggets in Denver on Thursday. However, the match was postponed due to health and safety protocol.
Going through @anthonyVslater on Twitter:
Jordan Poole is officially cleared on his return, according to Steve Kerr. Reportedly played in Denver tonight, will play in Utah on Saturday.
– Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 31, 2021
Poole’s return is expected to bolster the thin Golden State rotation that Draymond Green, Moses Moody and Damion Lee are already missing in the league’s COVID-19 protocol.
During the 2020-21 NBA campaign, Poole is averaging 17.9 points on 44.2% shots from the field with 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 30.7 minutes per game.
With Poole returning, Gary Payton II is expected to return to Golden State’s second unit on Saturday against the Jazz. In three straight starts, Payton II has averaged 15.7 points per game on 61.3% shots from the field with 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31 minutes per game.
The Warriors will travel to Utah to meet the Jazz on Saturday at 6 p.m. PT at Vivint Arena.
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