Manu Ginobili throws amazing pass to Danny Green (Video)

Manu Ginobili passIt wasn’t a behind-the-back dribble, ankle-breaking crossover, or rim-rocking dunk, but a regular old pass made by Manu Ginobili on Wednesday night that left everyone in awe of his skills.

Ginobili was being double-teamed in the corner late in the second quarter of San Antonio’s Game 2 win over Oklahoma City and found Danny Green wide open in the opposite corner. Manu somehow whipped a one-handed sidearm pass to Green that hit the sharpshooter in a perfect place for him to spot-up and drill a 3-pointer during a 22-8 run to close the second quarter.

“I didn’t expect [Ginobili] to get the pass there,” Green said via The Point Forward’s Ben Golliver. “They kind of blitzed him in the corner, he was stuck further away than I expected and I didn’t think he was going to throw it. He still threw it because he’s Manu, and it was a curveball, and I got it. Timmy set a great screen and I just let it fly. … When Manu throws it, its coming from all types of angles and has a lot of different curves on it.”

Passes aren’t always glamorous plays, but that dime by Manu was a beauty. Who else would even think to make a play like that?

Danny Green says he was not partying with Miami Heat

Danny GreenDanny Green received some negative attention on Friday when pictures emerged of him hanging at a club with some Miami Heat players after losing Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The San Antonio Spurs shooting guard, whose 1-for-12 shooting performance in Game 7 marred his record-setting series, learned that he was being criticized for hanging with the Heat. While giving thanks to Spurs fans over Twitter, Green decided to address the pictures:

Even if Green was not partying with the Heat but just happened to be at the same place as them at the same time, this is still a bad look for him. Most people will wonder what he was doing going out clubbing after losing the biggest game of his career. That was the same type of criticism Rob Gronkowski faced following the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss.

While my instinct is to wonder how someone would be in the mood to party after losing such a big game, it’s important to understand that people deal with difficult life events in different ways. If that’s the way Green handles it, then I won’t question him. It’s just not my style.

Danny Green partied with LeBron James, Miami Heat after Game 7

LeBron James trophiesSan Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green did all he could to try to help his team defeat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, but in the end it just wasn’t enough. His shooting cooled off in Games 6 and 7, with his NBA playoff record of 27 three-pointers made in a single series growing by only two in the final two games against Miami.

After Game 7 on Thursday night, Green headed out to Club Story in South Beach to unwind. Athletes heading out to try to take their mind off of a major loss is nothing out of the ordinary, but it was very weird that Green would want to party where the Heat were holding their victory celebration.

The Heat partied at Liv Night Club after winning the NBA championship last season, so perhaps Green thought they were going there again and simply ran into them at Story. He and LeBron were close when they played together in Cleveland, so it’s not a surprise that Green was seen congratulating him. And he certainly didn’t appear to be having a blast.

Assuming Green did know the Heat were going to be throwing down at Story, you have to wonder why he would want to be there. Our favorite tight end caught enough grief for going to a nightclub after losing the Super Bowl a couple years ago, and the team that beat him wasn’t even there. Spurs fans certainly won’t like looking at the photo you see above.

UPDATE: Green later addressed the matter on Twitter.

H/T The Big Lead

Gregg Popovich was close to cutting Danny Green last year

Danny GreenThe San Antonio Spurs lost a heartbreaker in Game 6 against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, but they still have another chance to win an NBA title in Game 7 on Thursday night. If not for the stellar shooting of Danny Green throughout the series, LeBron James would already be living up to the name that these sneakers have given him.

Earlier this week, former Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson had a discussion with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s “First Take” about how the Spurs came extremely close to cutting Green.

“I remember with the Nets, Billy King and I, we were trying convince Pop to cut Danny Green so we could bring him at the time to New Jersey,” Johnson said, via Nets Daily. “And Pop said if he has one more bad game we’re going to cut him and he made a bunch of threes in this one particular game and he kept him.”

In the words of Stephen A., the Spurs are incredibly lucky that Johnson’s attempt to “hoodwink” Gregg Popovich fell through. Nets Daily speculates that the game Green might have saved his job in San Antonio was on January 7, 2012, when he went 3-for-4 from beyond the arc and scored 24 points in 33 minutes.

We have no way of knowing if Pop was actually going to cut Green or if he was just messing around. What we do know is that Green drained another three on Tuesday, stretching his record to 26 three-pointers made in a playoff series. Hopefully for Miami’s sake, Chris Bosh takes the same approach with Green in Game 7 that he took in Game 6.

H/T Project Spurs

Chris Bosh: Danny Green won’t be open in Game 6

Danny-Green-SpursThe Miami Heat have their backs against the wall heading into Game 6 of the NBA Finals, and San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green is a big reason for that. With six three-pointers in a Game 5 win on Sunday, Green set an NBA record with 25 three-pointers made in a playoff series. According to Chris Bosh, he will not be padding that achievement tonight.

Though Green is easily the NBA Finals MVP through five Games, Bosh insisted on Tuesday that Game 6 will be a different story.

The Spurs have shot 44.2 percent from three-point range during the Finals, which is mostly due to Green shooting 65.8 percent. However, he has not been the only problem for Miami. The Heat have struggled to guard the perimeter and the Spurs have taken a 3-2 lead by playing inside-out basketball on offense.

Does Chris Bosh’s confidence mean he intends to switch out on Green quicker and not give him any open looks? That will be an incredibly difficult task for the big man, but he obviously feels that the Heat have made enough adjustments since Game 5 to lock Green down. Playing at home could help Miami, though they will be without a few very important fans thanks to Gregg Popovich.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Danny Green sets NBA Finals record for 3-pointers made

Danny Green continues to be the MVP for the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA Finals. The fourth-year shooting guard from North Carolina was on fire yet again, as he shot 6-for-10 on 3-pointers in the Spurs’ 114-104 win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Finals on Sunday.

Danny GreenGreen had 24 points in the game and is now the NBA Finals record holder for most 3-pointers made in a series. He is 25-for-38 (65.8 percent) on threes, and he surpassed Ray Allen’s record of 22 3-pointers made in the Finals.

Prior to the series, Green was part of the “field” when it came to odds for NBA Finals MVP. Through five games, he is without a doubt the Finals MVP.

Just like Game 3 where he and Gary Neal went crazy, Green was bombing threes from all over the court and saw them go in. Take a look at this shot he made from way downtown with two Heat players coming at him:

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Danny Green, Gary Neal shoot Spurs to Game 3 win

Gary Neal Danny GreenIf you were told before Game 3 of the NBA Finals that Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker were going to combine for just 25 points in the contest, you would have thought the San Antonio Spurs lost, right? Well it turns out that good offensive games from those guys were not needed with the way Gary Neal and Danny Green shot the ball.

Green and Neal combined to score 51 points for the Spurs in a 113-77 blowout win over the Miami Heat in Game 3. The two combined to shoot 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) in the game as the Spurs made an NBA Finals record 16 3-pointers. Green in particular was spectacular once again.

Green went 9-for-15 and made 7 of 9 3-pointers in Game 3. He made both his free throws, got two steals, and added two blocks in the victory. Green made all five of his 3-point attempts in a Game 2 loss, and he went 4-for-9 on threes in Game 1. Yes, Green is currently shooting 69.9 percent (16-23) on threes in the NBA Finals. San Antonio is going to be hard to beat if he keeps up that clip.

Neal was nearly as impressive. He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 6-for-10 on threes to give him 24 points in the game. The third-year player from Towson also had this huge buzzer-beating three to end the first half, which came after Green blocked a LeBron James shot:

Neal was so confident that he was just bombing shots from all over the court. Early in the fourth quarter, just when it looked like the Heat might be coming back, Neal nailed back-to-back threes, including a deep one from 30 feet away:

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