Danny Green On LeBron James' Game 3 Dud: 'He's Stopping Himself'

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Danny Green On LeBron James' Game 3 Dud: 'He's Stopping Himself'

LeBron James found himself matched up with Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard for most of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, and he ended up scoring just 15 points. Green did his best to not take too much credit following the game, saying about LeBron, "He's stopping himself."

Throughout the postgame interviews from Erik Spoelstra, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and James himself, the Miami Heat spokesmen did their best to compliment the San Antonio Spurs defense that held them to just 77 points in Game 3. But as Green noted, there was more to it than that.

Green's response was not meant to be a dig at LeBron. Rather, it was him trying to avoid an Icarus-type situation where he finds himself flying too close to the sun.

He doesn't want to go out and claim that his defense (along with quite a bit of Leonard) was what gave the superstar such a hard time.

San Antonio has been forcing LeBron into jump shots as much as possible, using slacked double-teams during the pick-and-roll to both keep him from driving and the pick-setter from rolling.

The result in Game 3 was just a third of his shots coming at the rim, along with five of his seven buckets. James was 2-of-14 from everywhere else on the floor.

Via NBA.com

In essence, the Spurs are trying to get LeBron to stop himself, and it just happened to work in Game 3.

San Antonio has attempted to make LeBron shoot from his least efficient range, 10-15 feet, according to HoopData, in hopes that he doesn't have an above-average night.

It worked miraculously on Tuesday night.

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