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Danny Green’s shot chart from three-point distance in the Finals is as ridiculous as you’d expect

Jun 17, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

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SAN ANTONIO — Danny Green has been on a record-breaking tear with his three-point shooting through the first five games of the Finals, and he’s been a key reason the Spurs are taking a three games to two series lead back to Miami with two chances to close the Heat out.

It isn’t just the 25 makes from three-point distance that have been impressive — it’s the percentages.

Take a look at Green’s shot chart from beyond the arc for the series; it’s as ridiculous as you might imagine.


Green is 25-of-38 from three in the series, good for an insane 65.7 percent. He’s been particularly deadly from left and right above the top of the arc, where 15-of-19 shooting has just killed the Heat from outside.

“Give him credit,” LeBron James said after Game 5. “He’s making some hell of a [tough] shots. He’s also getting some stuff in transition as well. They’re running a lot, and he’s the beneficiary of Tony Parker‘s penetration. And he’s getting some shots, but he’s making them. Give them credit, man. He’s knocking them down. Not many guys have shot the ball this well, especially in the Finals, that I can remember. We do have to do a better job like we did in Game 4 of knowing where the shooters are at all times. He got away from us a few times tonight, and he knocked them down.”

Green has gotten away from the Heat for the majority of the series. And if he’s able to continue to shoot remotely close to this well for even one more game, it may just propel the Spurs to the NBA title.

  1. true15 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    once the coach give you the green light just let the 3’s fly

  2. pl4tinum514 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:53 PM


  3. cantonbound13 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    He was actually a teammate of LeBron’s in Cleveland. So much for the theory LeBron didn’t have players around him in Cleveland.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      That’s a dumb comment

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        Just a fact

    • 4thquartermagic - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Please. lightning in the bottle.

      Next year he’ll go back to being a role playing/journeyman.

      He’ll also be the answer to future trivia questions, “Who was that guy who…….”

      • 2late2matter - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM

        Nobody could be a one-trick pony better than LeChoke. Please!

      • spursareold - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        You do realize that only like 3-4 active players have higher career 3G% than Green right? I mean, he’s shooting out of his mind, but he did shoot like 43% from downtown this year. I doubt he fades into obscurity. He’s a quality shooter from beyond the arc.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Point taken. My comment was in response to the guy accusing Lebron choking in Cleveland while having a “superstar” supporting cast featuring Denny Green.

        Green is a nice player but a specialist who is not a franchise or all-star player.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Haha just finding more ways to hate on Lebron..canton bound is either trolling or just dum

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        All I did was mention another fact. If LeBron shared the ball in Cleveland maybe Green could have done tis earlier. Any fact that proves LeBron is average makes the bandwagoners yell out hater, amazing.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        That makes no sense..bron led his team in assists..u don’t know what you’re talking about

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Cantonboud13 If LeBron had shared the ball while in Cleveland? Again, I’m the MJ fan who grew up outside of Chicago. I’m not a LeBron fan in anyway shape or form.

        But facts are facts. Here are LeBron’s assists per games for his years in Cleveland:


        Michael had one season at 8.0 assists per game. He had no seasons where he averaged 7 something assists per game. Every other season was at 6.9 assists or less.

        One may not say that LeBron didn’t share the ball while he was on the Cavs…

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Haha he is getting thumbs up for saying lebron is “average.” I guess it’s spurs fans or something. It’s so ridiculous that fans have tunnel vision and they lose all sense of reality when it comes to sports. Anyone that thinks lebron james is “average” should get their head examined. Amazing. I am not a heat fan btw. I’m just someone that has this thing called “common sense.”

    • gostlcards5 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Cleveland cut him, as did SA (twice). He has improved his shot-making, as well as his all-around game. The second point is the reason that he has stuck (acc. to the stories on the telecasts and in the news).

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      While it may be a fact that he was a teammate back then, we all know that many young players improve greatly over the course of their first several years in the league and that is a fact too…

      I’m not a LeBron fan at al, grew up outside of Chicago, am older and was a Bull’s fan before MJ got to the NBA as I remember watching the A-Train Artis Gilmore playing center for the Bulls at the old stadium.

      Even though I’m not a LeBron fan, he didn’t have good players with him while in Cleveland. He didn’t have players around him like the following:

      No Scottie Pippen, a top 50 NBA player, 7 time all-star, 3 time 1st team all NBA, 2 time 2nd team and 2 time 3 team all NBA, 8 time all defensive team NBA and 2 time 2nd team all defensive player.

      No Dennis Rodman, a 2 time NBA Defensive Player of the year, 2 time all star, 2 time all NBA third team, 7 time all defensive team, 1 time 2nd team all defense, 7 time rebounding leader and the 7 yrs were consecutive…

      No Steve Kerr who is only the current all time highest career NBA 3 point shooter in history.

      I like MJ and consider him the greatest, but he had some heavy lifters with him…

      All of LeBron’s teammates while on the Cavs won’t compare to those above. Yes Shaq was there one year, but he was a shell of himself and didn’t play with LeBron for 3, 4 or 6 seasons like some of those listed above did with Michael…

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Thank you. Mo Williams was the second best player on those cavs teams for crying out loud. No one in NBA history, including MJ, could’ve led those Cavs teams to a title. It’s incredible they did as well they did. Without Lebron those were 20-25 win teams. And he says “Danny Green was on the cavs, that proves Lebron had good players.” And he got a bunch of thumbs up for those comments?????

      • spursareold - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        MJ made those players great. Pippen was crap without him.

        Great players lift up those around them and make them better, they don’t run off to another city to get help.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:12 AM

      I’m embarrassed you are getting thumbs up for a comment that idiotic. If you guys really think danny green at that time being on the cavs was an example of “having players around him” then I really don’t understand the human species. It might be the dumbest comment of all time.

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      I never saw Green play in Cleveland, but at this point I’d rather him than Bosh any day of the week.

  4. timmywarbux - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I don’t understand Lebron James. When he was in Cleveland they won games, including playoff games, when he was aggressive driving to the hoop and forcing teams to double up and foul him. They lost in Cleveland when he was passive, trying to distribute the ball too much and stayed out in the perimeter shooting jump shots all day. He used the excuse he had no help in Cleveland but he is doing the same thing in Miami. The games he was aggressive they dominate. I am not a Miami fan but I am a cavs fan…the point is he is playing the same as he did in Clevo. If he constantly plays aggressive attacking the rim the heat won’t loose. However, he doesn’t do that so this why the spurs will win. James does’t seem to Tahoe up when it matters most. He did it in Cleveland and he is doing it I’m Miami.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    You better guard that man and get a hand in his face when he’s at that top left arc boy! sooooooweee!

  6. cefunding1 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    That’s not lightning in a bottle. He was one of the best three point shooters in the league this year. Must be a Heat homer talking.

  7. elcapitanfiscal - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM


  8. bougin89 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Looking at the chart it looks like Green should really focus on shooting from the top of the key, that really looks like his weak spot.

    • spursareold - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Maybe the Heat should just station one player on the arc at each of the other 4 postions. ; )

      • bougin89 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        Haha, I like where your head is at. Tough crowd here today, all thumbs down for me, I thought my comment would be clearly taken as a joke. I’m glad it seems like you got it. I can’t recall anyone shooting this great from 3pt range in the finals ever. Hand in face, two guys running at him, wide open, et al he has been hitting everything it seems like.

  9. gostlcards5 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    SA should work on keeping him on the left/right wings!

  10. ortizmari27 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Call him Danny Three.

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Or Danny Tre. Or Downtown Danny.

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