Last night’s game saw trends continue, history made and a 3-2 Spurs lead heading into Miami. Also, it only took one sentence to reference Danny Green. We’ll get to more later but the boy deserves his recognition.
You’d figure a pro who got cut three times would stick to playing overseas, wallow in the D League or start a career at Sears. Danny’s evidently not that guy as his 25 threes broke the NBA Finals record for three pointers made in a series. Ray Allen, the previous record holder, recorded 22 threes in a seven game series. Danny Green dropped 26 threes in FIVE GAMES on 67% shooting from downtown. He’s also made big defensive plays along throughout the postseason so he’s not some one-trick pony from the arch.
Most of the looks Danny Green received came from poor rotations on Miami’s end and Green’s assignment getting caught under screens. San Antonio’s ball movement has been great about finding Danny and Gary Neal for open treys. Charles Barkley always said ball rotation provided one of the best ways to beat Miami. We’ve seen the theory in practice three times already. This is where I refrain from jinxing them.
Oh, and how about Manu Ginobili? Maybe his playoff clock alarm finally went off or Pop starting him shot up his confidence. We saw the Manu of old and rare form: flipping up shots towards 24 points, creating for teammates with 10 dimes and just being a general nuisance for the opposition.
San Antonio had their best win of the series last night. Game 1 gave us a dramatic result and Game 3 made everyone outside Souf Beach cry laughing. Game 5 finally saw shades of the well-balanced Spurs team we’ve previously seen in the playoffs. Every starter dropped 16 points or better and shot over 50%. Their bench sucked and gave Miami multiple avenues for their runs.
NorBel, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen tried to get their club back into striking distance but, once again, everyone else became inept. Erik Spoelstra’s decision to start Mike Miller again yielded absolutely nothing once more and Mario Chalmers shot like he hated the bottom of the net. Tinsley hated it like “Men on Film” hate Nightcaps but the rest of the Crew didn’t mind.
We’ve seen this song and dance before. The Spurs are up with a two game cushion but Miami built a reputation of coming back huge after losses. The first team who loses back-to-back will wear the biggest L for the off-season. Tune in Tuesday night for Game 6 in Miami. The word from Chris Broussard’s sauces suggests David Stern may attend the match with a wireless Buffalo Wild Wings button.