After an amazing 2013 finals against Miami where he set a record for 3-pointers in a Finals series with 27, expectations were sky-high entering this post-season. After struggling in the earlier rounds, Danny Green looks to be heating up again late in the playoffs yet again.
In the Spurs Game 1 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Green quietly had a plus/minus of +30, hitting 4 out of his 5 three pointers in 27 minutes. And in Game 2, he afflicted some more long range damage for San Antonio, hitting seven 3-pointers to account for all of his 21 points as they #1 seeds crushed OKC 112-77 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.
Game 2 was the sixth occasion in Green’s career that he has connected on 7+ three pointers, and his performance was just one fewer than his personal-best of eight. Since his arrival in San Antonio back in 2010, Green and the Spurs are 6-0 when he hits 7 or more threes in a game and 71-13 when he hits at least three 3s.
"Sometimes defenses forget about him and leave him open," Former Sixth man of the year Manu Ginobili said. "(Game 2) that is exactly what they did, and they had to pay for it."
Green’s numbers from beyond the arc are insanely good; the fifth-year guard from North Carolina has shot 43.6, 42.9 and 41.5 percent from the 3 point line for the past 3 years. He is sixth on the NBA’s career playoff 3 point percentage list at 45.1 %.
The Spurs have one of the best coaches of all time, the greatest Power Forward of all time in Tim Duncan, and two future hall of famers in Parker and Ginobili. Yet it is Green that could propel San Antonio to the finals and a 5th championship.
"I think his confidence grew, shooting-wise, and I think that he gets a lot of credit for persevering and ended up where he is right now." Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said
Danny’s confidence is through the roof and the Spurs are 2 wins away from a second straight appearance in the NBA finals.
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