In a high-scoring clash against the Milwaukee Bucks, Jordan Poole of the Washington Wizards bounced back from a recent slump with an impressive 30-point game, although his team fell short in a 142-129 defeat.
Poole, who joined the Wizards from the Warriors in the offseason, has faced challenges adjusting, reflected in his lower-than-usual stats of 15.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 28.9 minutes per game.
Teammate Kyle Kuzma, recognizing Poole’s struggles, offered a message of unwavering support and optimism after the standout performance.
Kuzma, expressing solidarity with Poole, highlighted the collective belief in the young shooting guard’s abilities. Despite a recent downturn in Poole’s usual performance, Kuzma emphasized the team’s confidence in his resilience and dedication to the game.
“Everybody is behind him and knows he’ll get out of it. He’s a worker, he loves basketball, very passionate. … I think sometimes he just overthinks himself a little bit. … Today was a great step in the right direction for him,” the forward said, via Hoop District on X.
The 24-year-old Poole’s scoring outburst against the Bucks showcased his scoring prowess and hinted at a potential resurgence.
Kuzma’s words of encouragement not only reflect the camaraderie within the Wizards but also underline the importance of supporting teammates during challenging phases.
The Wizards, aware of Poole’s work ethic and passion for the game, believe that his recent standout performance is a promising sign of things to come.