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Danny Green: 'We can live with' LeBron James' Game 2 shots

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

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SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs guard Danny Green said that the Spurs can "live" with the jumpers that LeBron James used to attack and eventually defeat the Spurs 98-96 in Game 2 because they were contested.

"I mean, they were contested jumpers," Green said. "You're not going to block his jump shot. He's 6-9 and he's pretty athletic. So you've got to live with contested jumpers. But, the little other mistakes we made defensively and offensively where we could have got some better shots, you know we can fix those."

James took over in the third and fourth quarters, scoring 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the second half.

But James was able to get the perimeter to open for his jumper thanks to his first-half assault on the rim. James was 6 of 9 in Game 2's first two quarters.

"He was getting to the rim a lot," Tim Duncan said. "I think we'd rather make him shoot the ball, although through a stretch he made four or five in a row and he really kind of opened it up for himself and was feeling good. We want to keep him away from the basket and keep him off the line, all of those things. For a stretch there, we didn't do a good job of that."

The defense definitely collapsed inside to try and prevent James from attacking, and that gave him the space he needed to get loose from the outside. James didn't feel the shots were contested.

"In the first half," he said, "I got into the paint, made some shots, got some rebounds, put pressure on their defense. In the second half, they backed up off me and I shot it. It was that easy for me in the sense of, 'Don't overthink it.'

"They gave me space, I shoot it. They get up on me, I try to drive and make plays for me and my teammates."

Danny Green says the Spurs will live with what LeBron got in Game 1.   (USATSI)
Danny Green says the Spurs will live with the shots LeBron James put up in Game 2. (USATSI)

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