Oh what a depressed fly that must have spied upon SG Danny Green as he attempted to sleep the night after watching the Miami Heat celebrate their championship-clinching Game 7 victory. It was all good just a week before. That was a when some NBA analysts were suggesting that Green be considered for Finals MVP if the San Antonio Spurs went on to win the series. I’m never one to believe in a jinx, but that is exactly what happened. After shocking the basketball world with 17, 24 and 27 point performances en route to setting a record for three pointers in an NBA Finals, Green blinked. At least his jump shot did.
He would go on to score a combined eight points on 2-for-19 shooting in Game 6 and the deciding Game 7. Miami defenders made it a priority to not allow Green to beat them. They closed out on him quickly in those two games, forcing him to try to score off the dribble — something he was simply not able to do.
It appears as though Green has somewhat remedied his inability to score inside the three point line during the offseason. I’ve witnessed the liberal usage of a tear drop in the lane and — shut my mouth — I even saw him perform a low post move in these first two weeks of the NBA season as well. Imagine my delight and surprise at witnessing both feats. It appears as though Danny is much more willing to attack defenders off the dribble this season as well. Green will still be called upon to provide three point shooting, but his role may expand to wing defender. He has the physical tools to do so, and now he just needs the moxie. We can expect for him to use his above average athleticism in scoring around the rim more this season as well.
Ricardo Hazell is a freelance writer for Rant Sports based in New York City. You may follow him on Twitter at NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google Plus.