Created on Sunday, 02 December 2012 13:36
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
Written by Jeff Noital
Green's numbers have gone down a bit since the injury bug bit the San Antonio Spurs' small forward position. By default, he's assumed the duties of starting small forward with Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson out. While his numbers have suffered playing out of position, the Spurs have still been on their winning ways. His defense has still been thriving in a position that's taller and stronger than his regular shooting guard slot and that's a huge boost for San Antonio.
With Green guarding his man well, that leaves the rest of the team help to Gary Neal, who's also undersized in his position. Green's big contributions may be one of the reasons why head coach Gregg Popovich sent him home in a controversial decision that had the Spurs fined $250,000 by commissioner David Stern. We can't forget that Green has guarded out of position while the Spurs are healthy too. He's been put on point guards like Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul at times among others without complaint.
With Green's contributions being known while the team is injured, it's also important to remember them when the team is healthy. Green's willingness to take responsibility for his man has been one of the many reasons why the Spurs are playing better defense than in past years and it's helped take the burden away from Tim Duncan having to help out on every possession. This has been one of the vital ingredients the Spurs have missed since Bruce Bowen retired and it's no secret why Spurs fans have been having championship dreams this season so far.
If the Spurs can manage to stay healthy, they may be one of the top 3 favored teams in the whole league and Danny Green's intangibles on the defensive end will play a huge part in that.