Grizzlies' Mike Conley on Danny Green: 'Danny’s one of the elite defenders'
The San Antonio Spurs have beaten the Memphis Grizzlies in both games of their opening round matchup. Danny Green's defensive pressure on Mike Conley is a huge reason for the Spurs' success so far.
Conley, who scored 24 points in Game 2, had the most trouble scoring when he was defended by Green.
Danny's tenacity, length, and ability to disrupt Conley through two games have propelled San Antonio to a 2-0 lead in their series. In Game 1, Green proved just how valuable he's been on the defensive end by limiting Conley to 13 points total (three after the first quarter).
“Danny’s one of the elite defenders I think in this league," said Conley after Game 2.
"They have a couple on that team. With his length, his ability to move his feet, he does a great job, definitely makes the night hard. I definitely have to try to create space as much as I can in order to get opportunities against him," said Conley.
Defending Conley has been a join effort so far this series, but Green has had the most success guarding him on the perimeter. Over the two games, Green is averaging 2.5 blocks per game. He has also gotten his hands on a couple of steals, and causes several deflections.
He may not have lit up the offensive numbers through two games but as they say, defense wins titles and if that holds true, then Green is well on his way to helping San Antonio capture title No. 6 in franchise history.
With the next two games in Memphis, the defensive pressure from Green and the rest of the team will be important. If Conley is not the primary playmaker, it will be hard for the Grizzlies to stay in the game.
Game 3 is set for Thursday at 8:30 p.m. CT.