Danny Green and the San Antonio Spurs were so close to winning a NBA Championship this past season that it hurts to even think about. Unfortunately, a miraculous comeback by the Miami Heat and a well-played Game 7 gave the Spurs the loss in the NBA Finals. The good news is Green plans to use the defeat as motivation going forward.
“I think it will definitely serve as motivation for me and everybody on the team,” Green said during a question and answer with fans on Spurs.com. “Just like the previous year when we lost to (the Oklahoma City Thunder), everyone is going to have a chip on their shoulder. We know how close we were and we let it slip away and we’re going to come back – stronger, better, more experienced. You don’t know how many chances you’re ever going to get at it, so we’re going to take advantage of what we experienced and I’m going to work on things to do better to help my team be where we want to be.”
If that was not enough, Green is determined to bring home a ring in the near future. There is no question the loss stung him, and the rest of the team, hard. The only way to get rid of that bad taste in their mouth is to go the distance in 2013-14.
“It’s something I won’t ever forget and something that will be hard to put behind me until I win one. It’s something that’s going to live with me until I win a championship,” Green said during a Reddit.com question and answer.
Green averaged 10.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 27.5 minutes per game. He also shot 44.8 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc in 80 starts during the regular season. His numbers improved during postseason as he averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 31.9 minutes per game. He converted career-high shooting percentages from the floor (44.6) and from 3-point range (48.2).