San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green is having a great season shooting 44% from beyond the arc this season, but don't mention it to him.
Besides calling the numbers a possible jinx for shooters, Green knows he's been here before. He shot close to that percentage last season with a 3-point field goal percentage of 43%. The one thing that he remembers isn't last year's regular season or the majority of the playoffs but the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder instead. Green's impact fizzled when the pressure mounted and now he's looking for redemption and learning from his mistakes.
“I learned a lot,” Green said. “Every game is a learning experience. I learned in order to be effective, help my team more, is to do more things than shoot the 3-ball because a lot of times it won’t be there. My biggest keys is being more consistent behind the [3-point] line and doing other things consistently for my team." (Jeff Caplan/NBA.com)
The Spurs have needed Green's shooting more than ever, but he's also not a one dimensional player for the San Antonio Spurs.
“Defensively, holding my man, helping each other out. Offensively, cut to the basket, little things, making plays, making the extra pass for my team. Whatever we need to do or whatever the team needs I’m going to try to help them get it done.”
Green has improved on his defense and has been called upon to defend some of the opposing team's best players on the court. This is another area he's improved this season in which he struggled during the playoffs.
With Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker possibly limping into the postseason, the pressure will be on Green more than ever to be a consistent contributor. He can bring in some intangibles that both players supply the Spurs, but we won't know how Green will react until the postseason arrives and the bright lights are on him. The good news for his fans is that he seems ready for the challenge ahead this season and will look to make the most of it.