‘Heat Having To Pay Attention To Danny Green’ Has Changed Finals
Move over, Ray Allen.
There’s a new sheriff in town.
With a third-quarter three-pointer in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 16, San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green set the record for most three-pointers made in an NBA Finals series.
It was Green’s 23rd three-pointer, which eclipsed the 22 Allen made as a member of the Boston Celtics against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008.
Allen shot 22-of-42 (.524) in that six-game series.
Green is now 25-of-38 (.658) and has at least one more game to add to his record.
“You look at his numbers, and he averages between nine and 10 point a game over the course of the regular season,” Sporting News NBA writer Sean Devaney said on The Damon Amendolara Show. “So you have no reason to think that you’re going to get any more than that out of him. But here we are. He’s averaging 17 or 18 points in five Finals games. You’re just not expecting that.”
Indeed, Green has almost doubled his scoring average of 10.5 during the regular season to 18 in the Finals.
He shot 4-9 from three-point range in the Spurs’ Game 1 win, 5-of-5 in their Game 2 loss, 7-of-9 in their Game 3 win, 3-of-5 in their Game 4 loss and, most recently, 6-of-10 in their 114-104 Game 5 win.
“He came into (Game 5) shooting 68 percent from the three-point line and goes 6-for-10 – so actually, his percentage drops,” Devaney said. “That just shows you how incredibly hot this guy is right now.”
How unlikely is Green’s output? He was drafted out of North Carolina in 2009 and has been cut twice in his career. He’s also spent time in the D-League.
And now he has an NBA Finals record that involves surpassing Allen in three-point shooting.
Green’s two best performances came in Games 3 and 5, when he combined to shoot 13-of-19 (.684) from three and 17-of-30 (.567) overall. He scored 27 in Game 3 and 24 in Game 5, as the Spurs won both games by a combined 46 points.
At this point, it’s safe to say that Green has officially become a problem for the Miami Heat, who now must win Games 6 and 7 to win their second consecutive NBA title.
Even more disconcerting for the Heat, Game 5 marked the first time that the Spurs’ Big Three – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili – all played well in the same game.
Duncan finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds and had several timely buckets; Parker finished with a game-high 26 points; and Ginobili, who averaged 7.5 points through the first four games of the series, erupted for 24 points and 10 assists.
“Now (the Heat are) looking at it as, We’ve got to make (Green) a priority, and they tried to do that quite a bit,” Devaney said. “I think that’s one thing that really freed up Manu Ginobili to have the game that he had. They were trying to contest everything that Danny Green took, and he made a lot of shots that were just contested.
“But the Heat have now altered their defense to where they’ve got to pay attention to Danny Green, and that’s having a big impact on the series.”