The NBA Finals took a turn for the record books last night from an unlikely hero in Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs, who broke Ray Allen’s record of 22 3-pointers in a Finals series. Green, who once wasn’t good enough to be teammates with LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers and was cut by the Cavs after his rookie year in 2009-2010 is now one of the main reasons the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player is in serious jeopardy off losing another Finals series and not helping the Miami Heat repeat as champions.
The 25-year-old Green, who was also cut twice by the Spurs and played three times in the D-League, as well as once overseas before the Spurs signed him again, showed that no matter what your dreams are to never give up. Green, who went 6 of 10 from long range and was one of the leading scorers with 24 points in Game 5 in helping the Spurs to a critical 114-104 victory Sunday night over the Heat to give them a 3-2 lead in the series is playing every bit like he can be the unlikely Finals MVP if the Spurs go onto win the title.
As Green has gone a miraculous 25 for 38 from 3-point land in this Finals series for a ridiculous 66 percent shooting from long range, which includes hitting at least four 3-pointers in every game against Miami except one. Green also did it in front of Allen, who now plays for Miami and set his mark of 22 in a six game series for Boston when they won their last title in 2008. Even though Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers he didn’t do it with anywhere near the precision that Green has to, as Allen shot just 52 percent that series.
The Spurs original Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili finally getting all going by going for a combined 67 of the teams 114 points was also a huge factor in the victory and in particular Ginobili’s assertion into the starting lineup. One that let Ginobili finally get out of his series long slump by going for a season high 24 points and 10 assists to put the Spurs Big Three one victory away from a 5th title and staying undefeated together in the Finals.
If the new age Big Three of James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh for Miami are to make this series go to a seventh and deciding game to give them a chance at repeating they are going to need to get better contributions from their bench and role players. As their Big Three went for 63 percent of their teams points and Allen was the only other Heat player to score in double figures with his 21 points. If not than James and the Heat will lose their second Finals series in three years come Tuesday and be the object of criticism for yet another offseason.