Danny Green took and missed a 3-point shot Friday night. As social media often does, it’s been blown too far out of proportion.
Green said Sunday that his fiancée, Blair Bashen, has received death threats directed at her and Green over social media since his missed 3-pointer at the end of the 2020 NBA Finals Game 5. Green’s open 3-pointer would’ve potentially won the series for the Los Angeles Lakers off a feed from LeBron James. Green acknowledged the threats when speaking with reporters Sunday.
Adding on to his thoughts Sunday, Green said he hoped that the people sending the threats were that passionate about more important things in life.
“I hope they are that passionate about voting or getting justice for these people who deserve justice or get some better change along in the country,” Green said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
The 3-pointer Green took with less than 10 seconds remaining in Game 5 has already received heavy scrutiny because of the passer — James chose to dish to an open man instead of trying to win the game himself. The Lakers trailed 109-108 at the time of the shot, and went on to lose 111-108 after Markieff Morris threw the offensive rebound out of bounds.
Green, a lifetime 40.0-percent 3-point shooter, took his time after the pass from James was low to his right side. Andre Iguodala flew out at Green late, and Green left the shot short.
“I trusted him, we trusted him and it just didn’t go and you live with that,” James said after Game 5.
Already having won rings with both the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors, Green is mired in one of the worst shooting slumps of his career. He’s made 8-of-31 3-point attempts in the Finals, just a shade over 25 percent. He was 2-for-4 in Game 5 prior to his late miss.
After Game 5, Green added: “I’d do anything to get that shot again, trust me.”
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