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MIAMI — If the Miami Heat are going to force a Game 7 of the NBA Finals, they have to make a defensive adjustment on Danny Green. Unheralded before the series, Green has emerged as a series MVP candidate by sinking 25 3-pointers, including six in the Spurs’ 114-104 Game 5 win at AT&T Center Sunday night.
Green’s rise to prosperity has served as one of the most stunning developments of the series, which was supposed to pit the Miami Big Three of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade against San Antonio’s trio of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili. While they have enjoyed their moments, the three Spurs are each shooting below 50 percent.
Green, on the other hand, is shooting 30 for 53 from the field and is the third-leading scorer in the series behind James and Wade. Green has consistently burned the Heat with 3-pointers off transition and has found open space when Miami collapses on the Spurs’ big men.
Yet, after the first few games of Green 3-pointers, the Heat adjusted and held him to five attempts in Game 4. But he responded strongly in Game 5, presenting even more defensive issues for the Heat.