Spurs guard Danny Green was the highlight during Sunday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Green set the NBA Finals record when he made his 23rd 3-pointer of the series.
The former mark of 22 was set by Heat guard Ray Allen in 2008 when Allen played with the Boston Celtics. Green was modest about the accomplishment.
Rather than focusing on the potential of breaking the record, Green instead tried to keep his focus on helping the Spurs win a championship.
Danny Green deflected the attention from himself and the potential record recently when a reporter asked if he knew how close he was to making history. The Spurs guard responded, “No, I don’t want to be aware of it. But thanks.” Green also added:
I’m keeping focus on playing basketball. I’m not worried about catching any records. I’m worried about helping my team and playing well and helping us win a game. The numbers are things I don’t like to reflect on or look back on. I don’t want to jinx it, but at this point numbers really don’t matter.”
And that mentality doesn’t surprise Danny Green’s teammates. Should the Spurs win the series, he is a strong candidate to win the MVP award in the Finals.
Green was able to benefit from the Heat’s defensive focus on Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. He was able to connect on at least three 3-pointers during every game of the NBA Finals. Guard Gary Neal stated of Danny Green:
“That fits his personality. Danny is a humble guy, hard working. I’m pretty sure fore the rest of the series Danny will be locked and loaded. He’s not worried about any records or anything. He’s just worried about coming out and doing his job.”
Not only has Danny Green set the NBA Finals record, he is also ahead of LeBron James for scored points. The Spurs guard was surprised, commenting, “I never thought in a million years that would happen.”
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