If there’s one guy who’s become a star through the 2013 NBA Finals, it’s San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green. The third-year player has been a thorn in the Miami Heat’s side after hitting 25 out of 38 three-pointers. The 25 three-pointers are actually a Finals record, and this easily beats the previous mark of 22 three’s. What’s amazing is that we’re not even done yet!
San Antonio, which holds a 3-2 series lead, will play Game 6 in Miami tonight. This means that Green will get at least one more crack at further extending his record. And if the Heat are able to win at home, where they’re favored, Green is going to have two more games to improve upon the 25 three-pointers. Whether he has one or two games, it’s almost a given that the North Carolina product will extend his record.
So what’s turned Danny Green into the breakout star that he’s been in the 2013 NBA Finals? Well to hear Green say it, it’s all about the Spurs’ “Big 3” in Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. “I’ve been getting lucky. I was moving around a lot. Our transition helps us, our pace.” Green said, “Tony penetrating and Manu penetrating, making the defense collapse is the reason why I’ve been getting open. Luckily, a couple have dropped for me.”
A couple of 3’s is the under-exaggeration of the 2013 NBA season since Green has been phenomenal throughout this series. He’s been so good that when he made 6-of-10 three-pointers in Game 5, it actually dropped his shooting percentage to 65.8%. Most players would be happy to nail even half of these attempts in the Finals.
Parker spoke about his teammate’s outstanding performance by saying, “I can’t believe he’s still open at this moment of this series.” He added, “They are still trapping me and doubling Timmy, and Danny is wide open. He’s shooting the ball well – if you are going to leave Danny wide open, he’s going to make threes.”
You can bet that the Heat will be doing everything they can to solve the problem that Green has created. So far, the San Antonio ball movement keeps allowing him to get open looks. Now the question for tonight’s game is whether the Heat will dedicate extra attention towards taking him out of the game, or keep trapping Parker and doubling Duncan.
As Parker said, “You can’t stop everything.” And he’s right since Miami won’t be able to shut down everything that the Spurs do. However, you also have to consider that San Antonio can’t rely on 60.0% shooting for the next one or two games.
Keeping this thought in mind, it’ll be interesting to see if Green and his teammates can keep up their torrid shooting. If so, there’s a very good chance that San Antonio wins in Miami and closes out this series. But if they can’t continue shooting red-hot, they could be in trouble since Miami is great at forcing turnovers. We’ll get to see the action unfold tonight at 9:00pm EST on ABC.