Lakers guard Danny Green has been the target of scrutiny by Lakers Nation online as a result of his failure to convert on an open three-pointer late in L.A.'s Game 5 loss against the Heat on Friday. Green, who has reportedly been receiving death threats, called himself an "easy target" as he spoke to those who have been harassing him and his family.
The news that fans have made things personal is pretty jarring. Even amid widespread criticism, it never seems appropriate to issue threats or involve a family member who has no ties to the situation.
As for the shot itself, Green came to his own defense, adding that the miss was not the only reason his team lost that game.
With postseason averages well-below his norm, it's undeniable that the Lakers swingman has struggled mightily throughout these playoffs. The team needs him to step up.
Unfortunately, the fallout that has resulted has been far greater than any player should have to endure.