Jordan Poole returns to Warriors-Pelicans after left ankle tweak

The last thing the Warriors need heading into Sunday’s highly important game against the Memphis Grizzlies is a significant injury, and for a few minutes, it looked like that had happened.

Luckily for the Warriors, they might have dodged a bullet.

Jordan Poole, who has developed into the Warriors’ best bench scorer, rolled his left ankle in the third quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Chase Center and was forced to leave the game before somehow returning a few minutes later.

Poole appeared to be in a lot of pain, but he was able to walk off the court on his own power and put weight on his left leg.

Poole, who started with Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins sitting out, didn’t go to the locker room and instead, was trying to stretch out his ankle on the Warriors’ bench with a resistance band. He was later seen with a large wrap on his ankle.

When Poole left the game, he was the Warriors’ leading scorer with 24 points in 20 minutes.

The Warriors and Grizzlies are set to battle Sunday in San Francisco on Sunday with the eighth seed in the Western Conference play-in tournament on the line.

Poole’s scoring will be needed Sunday and in the play-in tournament next week, so the Warriors have to be hoping his ankle doesn’t stiffen up Saturday.

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