Bosh: Heat changing look for Green
MIAMI -- After San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green hit 66 percent of his 3-pointers through the first five games of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh declared there will be a different look for Tuesday night's Game 6: no more open shots.
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If Danny Green wins NBA Finals MVP, he will join an illustrious group of seven Hall of Famers as the only players to win an NCAA title (Green won with North Carolina in 2009) and be named NBA Finals MVP.
NBA Finals MVP, NCAA title Player Finals MVP* NCAA title Michael Jordan 1991-93, '96-98 1982 Isiah Thomas 1990 1981 James Worthy 1988 1982 Magic Johnson 1980, '82, '87 1979 Bill Walton 1977 1972-73 John Havlicek 1974 1960 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1971, '85 1967-69 *First awarded in 1969
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"He has a knack for shooting, but he won't be open tonight," Bosh said Tuesday. "We'll see how he shoots with somebody always on him."
That would signal a significant departure from the Heat's defensive approach that has focused on collapsing on Tony Parker and forcing him to pass out of the lane. Green has been the biggest beneficiary of that approach, collecting passes and firing up 3s. He has made an NBA Finals record 25 3-pointers in 38 attempts.
"The thing about Green, he doesn't have any plays run for him," Heat forward Shane Battier said. "That's the puzzling part. It's not like a Ray Allen coming off a screen. Most of [Green's] shots come off of defensive breakdowns on our part. So it just goes into our overall game plan of playing with a sharper, clearer mind and just doing our job.
"He's done a good job of watching our guys who are ball hawks. We have a tendency to do that. He just goes to the open space. He utilizes the oldest trick in the book: the old blind spot."
What has Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told Green about adapting to a different Heat game plan?
"I haven't said anything," Popovich said.
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