San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, who averaged less than 11 points during the regular season, has emerged as a favorite to win the NBA Finals MVP if the Spurs take the series. He has scorched the Heat, averaging five three-pointers per game in the Finals and 18 points.
But Tuesday morning at the shootaround for Game 6, Heat center Chris Bosh indicated Green’s run of dominance has come to an end. Asked about Green’s ability to find holes in the Heat’s offense, Bosh said Green “won’t be open tonight.”
Bosh’s confident declaration comes two days after Spurs guard Tony Parker joked during his Game 5 postgame news conference that he couldn’t believe the Heat has left Green open throughout the series. Green had six three-pointers in the Spurs’ victory Sunday night in San Antonio.
Defending Green will fall to the Heat’s perimeter defenders, who had their hands full with Parker and Manu Ginobili in Game 5. The aggressive attacking energy of Parker and Ginobili created room for Green from the outside and, with his hot hand in the series, it’s not as if he needed much room to begin with. Of course, everything went right for the Spurs in Game 5. They shot 60 percent from the field and won by 10 points despite committing 19 turnovers.