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If Spurs win, Tony Parker should be the Finals MVP

Jun 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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There is no doubt — Danny Green has been fantastic in the NBA Finals

Look at his shooting chart, it is ridiculous from three. Green has knocked down 25 threes through five games, the NBA record, shooting 65.8 percent from beyond the arc. He has averaged 18 points a game. He has been key to the Spurs taking advantage of defensive mistakes by the Heat. He has also played good defense, particularly transition defense.

But he is not the MVP for the Spurs if they win this series (although you can make a good case for him).

The reason Green has those looks to knock down is Tony Parker is creating them. Parker is your MVP.

Hamstring issues or no, Parker has carved up the Heat defense to the tune of 16.2 points and 6 assists a game.

More than just points, he has forced Miami to change how it prefers to defend — more than any team the Heat pressure and trap the ball handler, forcing mistakes that become transition baskets the other way. But against Parker the Heat are reluctant because they know he will make them pay with a burst of quickness or a clever pass. So the Heat are more passive, and that has seemed to trickle through to the rest of their game.

It is also Parker who is at the heart of the Spurs strategy to run right back at the Heat, to push the tempo and to not let them fully set their defense. Parker is the key to the mismatches the Spurs have created.

Green is a hot pick among many for MVP, he is the guy scoring the most points and setting the records. But he is doing all that as the beneficiary of Parker.

Green is not the Spur doing the most damage. That is Tony Parker. He is your series MVP.

  1. logisticalvoices - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Either one would be a fine MVP, but don’t rule out Danny Green for MVP just yet. Just read the first half of the article to remember why Green should get the nod. Another lights-out night from 3 and he’s a lock.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Anyone else old enough to remember the 1986 World Series? Before Game 6 was over, the scoreboard read, “Congratulations Marty Barrett, 1986 World Series MVP”.

    Love articles like this.

  3. jtbsteeler - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Green isn’t a point guard. It’s not his job to create. He’s knocking down 3’s at a clip not seen. If the Spurs win tonight and Green has 4 or 5 3’s made, he’s the MVP hands down. Everyone can see that but you.

    Hitting 3’s is how to beat the Heat. Ask the Knicks they destroyed them with the 3 in the regular season.

  4. jeffcor7 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I have to disagree with you. Green has been the most consistent player doing what he does best, which is shooting 3s and playing excellent defense. He has made several fantastic transition defensive plays to stop the Heat on fast breaks, including blocking Lebron. Also, Ginobli was the one finding Green the most in Game 5 which shoots down your argument that it’s mostly because of Parker that Green is open. Look at Green move without the ball and you will see that he is actually open quite often when Parker drives and decides to shoot or pass to someone else. In other words, he could be scoring even more if Parker was passing to him more often.
    Also, a huge key for making Green the MVP is that several of his 3s have been big momentum changing shots. Even at the end of game 5, when the Heat were making their last two minute push, it was Green that knocked down a corner 3 to truly put the game on ice. I don’t take anything away from Parker because he is an awesome point guard and Duncan is the soul of consistency. I just think for this series that Green’s constant barrage of 3s has ultimately been the difference so far.

  5. 22goat22 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Parker sees more lanes because Green stretches the D out. Duncan keeps the D honest in the post etc. See this being a TEAM game and the Spurs playing that game better than most, everybody benefits from everybody. Green is the ome performing at the highest level. If Parker wims the MVP it will be on his name alone. Ridiculous

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      That’s a dumb thing to say. Parker is getting the snot kicked out of him by driving the lane. Green’s performance has been amazing but he’s not putting his body on the line like Parker is. And, unless Ginoboli is suddenly playing like a god, the team looks flat whenever Parker is on the bench.

  6. savvybynature - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    I respect your argument but it goes both ways. You could also say that because Green has hit his 3s so far, Parker has been the beneficiary of extra assists and more room to operate because Green’s presence outside the arc prevents help defense from collapsing in the paint.
    But hey, at least you didn’t say Lebron James should be the MVP even if they lose. Now that’s just silly.
    Let’s shelve the MVP talk until we have a Champion though. Go Spurs!

  7. spree8 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    to be honest, I find this headline and the idea behind it quite ridiculous as of now. you cant say someone should be the mvp prior to the game especially in a situation like this. I mean look at the guys in the spurs. there is at least 3 guys who could be the mvp if they get a win in game 6. you cant say that green or parker should be the mvp if duncan plays with 30-15 tonight along with some key plays.

  8. staff2cj - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    No he should not!!!

  9. gatordontplay - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    how about quit arguing about an stupid individual award and just focusing on winning as a TEAM

    • albertmn - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      If someone on the team was saying it, I could get your point. But, this is just some blog writer throwing out an opinion (right or wrong). I don’t see how that affects “winning as a TEAM”.

    • money2long - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      because the award has to go to somebody.

  10. leearmon - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I agree with spree8 100%. This article is kind of jumping the shark a bit. Lets say Duncan has a quadruple double tonight while Parker struggles ala game 4. You would’t dare consider Parker the MVP. And lets not forget about Leonard. His defense on Lebron has been nothing short of phenomenal. And he has been great on the boards and more than strong on the offensive side of the ball. The Spurs have been a terrific team this entire series and there are at least 4 legit candidates to win Finals MVP and honestly I’d have Parker about 2nd or 3rd on that list.

  11. bball1950 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Before naming an MVP, one should wait for whom the winning team is going to be. Miami is 6-0 after a loss this playoff season. They are going home, MIami should play with intensity and their stars and role players will play with a high level of energy.
    San Antonio needs to continue to play as a team, take care of the ball, play transition offense and defense as they played in game 5. If they do, they will be in position to win.

  12. kb2408 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    The Spurs are the kind of team that I bet who wins MVP doesn’t matter very much. The LAKERS are my team but it’s hard not to like and respect the Spurs. I’m not even mad about “Timmy” possibly tying Kobe for titles.

  13. getsome99 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    So who do you think should be the MVP if the Spurs win?

  14. davidly - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    If the Spurs lose the series, Green should be mvp*
    If the Spurs win the series, it should go to two or more of them.
    Just my opinion, of course.

    * and the stats play out the way they have thus far (which is pretty key to this discussion (see spree8 above))

  15. heavychevy15 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Green deserves it if they win. Just because he is not a big name doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve it. I’m a heat fan but that doesn’t mean I can’t see the obvious. Green has been sensational for them

  16. klownboy - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    I’d say Green should get some consideration, but I agree that Parker should be MVP. Way to make my “Heat in 6” pick look good Parker lol.

  17. azarkhan - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    If the Spurs win, it will probably be a shared MVP, Parker and Green. But the Spurs couldn’t care less about individual trophies, and as a Spurs fan, neither do I.

  18. fatcamper - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Is it ironic that I hated the Heat because they were anointed champions before the season started, and now are playing a team that has been anointed champions before the season has ended? I get irony and coincidence confused.

  19. jkrueger39 - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Disagree. That is part of the requirement for his position. Tony is a dangerous player and creates offense with his name alone. But when you have guys like Danny green coming off the bench and averaging 18 per game…. says a lot especially when your starters are not putting up those numbers. My bet is on green. He is the reason the spurs are winning this series.

  20. gmsingh123 - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Can we at least agree that Joey Crawford should be the Finals MVP if the Heat win?

  21. telergy - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    All Green is doing is knocking down open shots. Whos finding him for these open shots and why is he so wide open? The Heat cant defend Parker or Duncan 1 on 1 … that leaves shooters like Green and Leonard wide open. If Parker or Ginbolli can’t get around defenders, Green isnt offensively skilled enough to go around or crossover defenders. Green’s success is the function of Parkers ability to get in the lane and find open players. Parker should be MVP.

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