Spurs' Green having record-setting Finals

Spurs' Green having record-setting Finals
June 17, 2013, 1:15 am
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SAN ANTONIO — The best 3-point shooter in NBA Finals history was on the floor Sunday night - and his name isn't Ray Allen.

It's San Antonio's Danny Green, whose six made 3s in the Spurs' 114-104 Game 5 win catapulted him past Allen as the all-time leader in made 3s in a Finals series.

He now has 25 (and counting) made 3s in The Finals this year, which is already three more than the previous record of 22 which was set by Allen during the Boston Celtics' run towards Banner 17 in 2008.

Allen, the NBA's all-time leader in made 3s, didn't seem too broken up about his Finals record coming to an end literally before his eyes.

"My main focus is on winning this whole thing," said Allen who had 21 points off the bench for the Heat which included making all four of his 3-point attempts. "What comes about along the way is not something I've ever set out to do. With any record, there is always opportunities that come along the way for someone to break it."

The wild part about it is as well as Green has shot the ball, several of his attempts have come with little to no pressure by the Heat's defense.

"I can't believe he's still open at this moment in the series," said Spurs guard Tony Parker. "They (Miami) are still trapping me and doubling Timmy (Duncan), 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."

And while Green's 3-point prowess may seem like it has come out of nowhere, he was actually a pretty good 3-point shooter during the regular season.

During the regular season, Green shot 42.9 percent on 3s which ranked seventh in the NBA.

As good as he was then, no one could have anticipated he would be this hot - like 65.8 percent on 3s in the Finals hot.

And to think a year ago, Green had fell out of the rotation in the playoffs only to bounce back this year to show significant growth from the experience.

"The whole season has made him more confident," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "He's been somebody that has gotten a lot of minutes, basically has a green light, and when you do it for 82 games, the only thing left is to see if you do it when the real lights come on come playoffs time. He's pretty much answered that question."

Indeed, Green's ability to raise his profile by consistently raising up for 3s from just about any spot on the floor, has proven to be difficult for the Heat's defenders to get under control.

Dwyane Wade, one of the NBA's better perimeter defenders, has been among the Heat players Green has victimized in The Finals.

"Give him credit. He's making some hell of a shots," Wade said. "He's also getting some stuff in transition as well. They're running a lot. And he's getting some shots. But he's making them. Give them credit man. He's knocking them down."

And because of that, the Heat are on the verge of being knocked out of The Finals.

When asked about his shooting success in this series, Green says, "I've been getting lucky.

He added, "Tony (Parker) penetrating and Manu (Ginobili) penetrating, making the defense collapse is the reason why I've been getting open. Luckily a couple have dropped for me."

A couple?

Green goes out of his way to credit his teammates for the attention he's receiving after games, and the lack of attention he's getting on the court.

"My teammates have done a great job of finding me and getting me open," Green said, adding, "and as I said, luckily it seems everything is going right for me. I'm feeling truly blessed right now. The basketball gods are in our favor right now."