Defensive genes run in the Green family. Indiana guard Devonte Green, the younger brother of San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, came up with one of the more ridiculous, impressive steals you’ll ever see in Wednesday’s game against Seton Hall.
Late in the first half, Green lost his shoe on an ill-advised behind-the-back pass that became a turnover. That started a hectic sequence of events, which meant Green never found a break in the action to put his shoe back on. So, naturally, he ran up and down the court holding his shoe in his hand. But when Seton Hall guard Khadeen Carrington came barreling down the lane, that didn’t stop Green from stripping him clean with his free hand.
Here’s a replay with baseline and bird’s eye views:
I’ve certainly never seen that before.
Danny Green has made a nine-year career as a three-and-D man, and middle brother Rashad played a similar role on some respectable San Francisco teams during the early part of this decade. (True to family form, he had five steals in an upset over Gonzaga during his senior season!) Now Devonte, a sophomore, has his own piece to add to the legacy.
On top of that, this is something of a homecoming game for Devonte. The Green family is from Long Island, just an hour and change away from Newark, where Seton Hall plays. Between the shoeless steal and four three-pointers in the first half, he gave any family and friends in attendance plenty to cheer about.