Odds are, when you leave Danny Green open behind the arc, he will make the shot.
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant — whose prone to “cheating” as Tony Parker put it postgame — learned firsthand in the Lakers’ 84-82 loss at Staples.
Benefiting from a screen set by Tim Duncan, in which Bryant was temporarily dislodged, and an accurate pass from Kawhi Leonard, Green had enough rhythm to make the game-winning 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds remaining.
Rather than putting the ball in the hands of Duncan or Tony Parker, combined for 37 points between them in the win, Popovich used a dribble hand off to put Leonard in position to facilitate and a screen to free up Green on the perimeter. This deceptive play call would have been inconceivable last season as Green and Leonard were both tasked with lower leverage situations.