The San Antonio Spurs knocked off the Sacramento Kings on Friday night in did so quite handily. Unsurprisingly, one of the best teams for throughout the 2013-14 NBA season didn’t have any trouble at all disposing of one of the teams that has struggled the most consistently this year.
While the Spurs rolled, though, they didn’t get big contributions from one of their starters. Starting guard Danny Green played only 18 minutes while he ended up scoring just three points and notching just four rebounds while shooting a meager 1-6 from the field and 1-3 from long-distance. This was really just another rung on a ladder of inconsistency and disappointment from Green this season, though.
In 57 games this season, Green has averaged 8.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while shooting just 42.7 percent from the floor and 41 percent from three. While those averages aren’t far off from his career averages, they are a bit off from the pace he had been on over the previous two seasons.
Over the two years prior to this season, Green shot over 44 percent from the floor and over 43 percent from long-distance and was becoming one of the Spurs’ most reliable perimeter threats on both ends of the floor. While he’s been productive overall on both ends, his reliability has noticeably dissipated this season.
While some people say that the aging roster limits the Spurs’ chances going into the postseason, the ineffectiveness of Green could be the real issue. Obviously the Spurs still have shooters like Marco Belinelli that can make things happen on the perimeter, not many guys on the roster have the youth and ability to make plays both offensively and defensively like Green has in recent seasons. If he’s not able to do so on a consistent basis, this team isn’t at the level that they have been in the past couple of seasons.
This Spurs team can still compete as a potential participant in the NBA Finals. However, the ineffectiveness of Green at times is worrisome moving forward. We’ll see if that issue rears its head again down the stretch or in the playoffs.