Danny Green. Kawhi Leanord. Gary Neal. It’s definitely not the NBA’s flashiest big three. But they can sure as hell get the job done. Just ask the Heat.
For one, Green has outscored Lebron James by six points so far in the series. He currently leads all players in scoring. Let’s just try to wrap our heads around that. Danny Green!? The guy that was cut by the Spurs twice and the Cavs.
To put this “new big three” and their success into further perspective, let’s take a glance at their game three production when matched up against Miami’s big three.
Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade: 43 points on 18-46 FG (39 percent), 21 rebounds, turnovers.
Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Gary Neal: 65 points on 24-42 FG (57 percent), 20 rebounds, 1 turnover.
Oddly enough, it might be role players that decide the winner of this series. Each game that a team has had a role player step up in a significant way they’ve claimed that game. Part of the reason Erik Spoelstra is mulling over whether or not he should insert Mike Miller into the starting lineup for game four.
In short, tonight’s game will come down to which of the team’s big three comes up biggest. Whether it be Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobil; James, Bosh and Wade; Green, Neal and Leonard or any assortment of the Heat’s role players, the outcome of this Finals will be drastically altered tonight. Because keep in mind, no team has ever come back to win a championship from a 3-1 deficit.