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Green keeps the faith until shots fall

By Star-Advertiser news services

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LAST UPDATED: 01:45 a.m. HST, Jun 07, 2014


SAN ANTONIO >> The motto has always been the same for San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green when it comes to shooting the basketball.

Just keep doing it until the shots start to fall.

"You can't think about the last shot," Green said. "You just think about the next one."

That thinking proved effective for Green against the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. After missing his first five shots, he recovered to score 11 points in a two-minute stretch that helped the Spurs capture a 110-95 victory.

"The first half, I struggled," Green said. "I think I kind of rushed it a little bit. I got a little excited, a little antsy. I knew I had to take my time. If I'm not open, don't force it. Just get back to the basics."

Green finished with 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting, but it was his fourth-quarter play that was most important. He made three 3-pointers and had a breakaway dunk that allowed the Spurs to take control.

"That's what he does, you know," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said of Green's shooting. "That's his major skill. If he's not going to do that, then we might as well play somebody else."

The fourth quarter was reminiscent of what the Heat saw from Green about 12 months ago when he he made a record 25 3-pointers in the Finals.

"Every timeout, I was screaming at him and encouraging him," Spurs guard Tony Parker said.

Chalmers knows he needs to contribute more

You have to go back to the second game of the second round of these playoffs to find the last time Mario Chalmers scored in double figures. You don't have to go back nearly that far to find the last time the Miami Heat's starting point guard played in the type of foul trouble that limited him in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Coming off Thursday's 110-95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, when he closed with 3 points, five fouls and five turnovers, Chalmers said Friday he appreciates more is needed.

"I'm still the same guy. I'm that anxious guy, that energy guy that wants to do what he can for his team, help make everything right," he said. "And I just got to figure out a way to stay on the court longer."

Sensing a loss of confidence from a player who rarely loses confidence, teammates such as Chris Bosh tried to rally Chalmers.

"They weren't yelling at me. They were just trying to encourage me," he said of Thursday's on-court interactions. "Everybody knew I was frustrated with the foul trouble I got into early, and when I got back into the game, I was trying to press as much as I could."

The last time Chalmers scored in double figures was May 8 against the New Jersey Nets. Since then he's had three games with four or more fouls.

Coach Erik Spoelstra stressed greater caution is required.

"He needs to be more attentive to technique and earlier in his thought process," he said. "Things are happening very quickly obviously at this level of competition and your preparation before the play happens is paramount."






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