Tag: All-Star Three Point contest

Love of the Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

Kevin Love works overtime to win Three-Point Contest


Do you remember when then Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis was trying to keep Kevin Love from straying away from the basket and shooting threes? Rambis, Loves hopes you were watching.

“But for me, coming into the league, I was told not to shoot three point shots, so to be where I am now and continue to work on my game, I think this definitely speaks to my versatility,” Love said.

Love is now the best three-point shooter in the land. As determined by an exhibition contest, but still, he can knock them down.

Love had to go to overtime twice — an extra shoot to break a tie with Mario Chalmers after the first round then Kevin Durant in the last round — but he won the All-Star Three Point contest.

He is the first pure power forward to win the event. Sure, Dirk Nowitzki is technically a power forward, but he’s really his own kind of hybrid four. Who would you take in a rebounding contest? Exactly.

Love was not the favorite going in. That was probably Anthony Morrow was rocking the throwback Drazen Petrovic Nets jersey. But he tweeted before the event he was nervous and he looked with, he didn’t get through all the balls in the first round and had the lowest score. Orlando’s own Ryan Anderson was close to advancing to the final round, and the crowd groaned on missed last moneyball shot he missed that eliminated him.

Defending champion James Jones put up the best single score of the night, 22 points in the first round (hitting 13 of 15 at one point). But he went ice cold in the final round.

Durant and Love tied, went to a shootout and it was all Love. Or enough. He wins. Both in this contest and in Minnesota where the new coach lets him shoot threes.

Monday And-1 links: Anthony Morrow to honor Drazen Petrovic


Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).

Anthony Morrow is going to wear a Drazen Petrovic Nets throwback jersey during the All-Star Three Point Contest next weekend in Orlando. Petrovic was a legendary player and the last Net in the three point contest. He was killed in a car accident at age 28. That is an incredibly cool idea.

Mark Cuban on the Nets moving to Brooklyn: “’I hope the stadium works, I hope they do a great job and I hope the team sucks.”

Allen Iverson has gotten a contract offer — from an indoor soccer team.

Fernando Valenzuela is one of the few people on the planet who could probably relate Jeremy Lin, and he talks about it.

J.R. Smith wants to take advantage of his “clean slate” in New York to rebuild his image.

Tracy McGrady is not happy with how he is being used in Atlanta. Yes, that is the Hawks biggest problem by far.

Raymond Felton isn’t happy with how he’s being used in Portland. My advice, shoot better than 36.6 percent on the year and he might like how he gets used better.

In Houston, Samuel Dalembert got benched for missing shootaround on Sunday — Patrick Patterson started and Delembert played off the bench. And not all that well.

Defensive specialist and Thunder starting two guard Thabo Sefolosha will miss about another month with a tendon injury in his foot.

J.J. Hickson isn’t having a lot of fun in Sacramento and misses Cleveland. So, there is at least one person who misses Cleveland.

Nets guard Jordan Farmar will be out likely through the All-Star break with a groin injury.

Good one from Chris Sheridan at Sheridanhoops: “Hasheem Thabeet was a DNP with a sore lower back, which is what can happen when you sit on the bench for extended periods of time, like a month.”

Hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory” had its nerd characters try their hands at basketball last episode.

Danilo Gallinari is still limited to bike work and will still be early next month before he returns (which was the original time table).

Tony Parker is opening up a night club in San Antonio.

The Knicks had to waive Ronaldo Balkman to make room for J.R. Smith, the Nets might pick him up.

Cleveland did not give Ben Uzoh a second 10-day contract.

Kevin Love says he will compete in three-point contest

Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

Kevin Love is an All-Star, selected by the coaches as a reserve. He earned it and there was no suspense about whether he would make it.

But Love has other plans for All-Star Weekend, too, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune.

Love says he also will compete in three-point shooting contest at All Star Game….

Love when asked about chances in 3pt contest: “I think I got a good shot at anything I do. I’m a pretty competitive guy.”

Love can knock down the three ball, he’s shooting 37.8 percent this year from deep. And he brings a little star power to an event often dominated by great shooters not really recognized by casual fans. Sorry Jason Kapono and James Jones, but it’s true. That said, a few stars — Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Dirk Nowitzki, and back when it started Larry Bird — have won this.

No word yet on who else is competing, but smart money says a player or two from the hometown Magic (J.J. Redick, Ryan Anderson maybe) will take part. The three-point contest will be part of All-Star Saturday night on Feb. 25 (along with the dunk contest), and will be broadcast on TNT.

Three Point Contest preview: It’s not just a couple of Celtics

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For all the world cares, there are two guys in the Three-Point Shooting Contest, part of the Saturday night fun in Los Angeles for All-Star Weekend.

There’s Ray Allen, who has hit more three pointers than anyone in NBA history. Then there is Paul Pierce, the defending Three-Point Contest champion. They play for the high-profile Boston Celtics. Both have hit big shots on the biggest stages. They are friends.

And, of course, Pierce is already talking smack, as Allen relayed to Jessica Camerato of CSN New England.

“Paul has been talking all day today, all day yesterday. He was out there when I was shooting — he brought the rack out. I told him, ‘I’ve been there, done that,’ ” he said. “I know if you ask Paul, he’ll tell you that when I won, it was 10 years ago and everything’s changed since then. So I’m the dinosaur in the game, I don’t stand a chance, I don’t know the formula now since he just won last year.”

Right. Ray Allen doesn’t know how to shoot the three ball in rhythm.

Still, there are other guys that could spoil the Celtics party:

Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder): He’s the league’s leading scorer and we know he can hit the three, but he is hitting just 33.8 percent from deep on the season and 36.7 percent in his last 10 games. Those are pedestrian numbers. Hate to say it, but he really doesn’t belong here.
Daniel Gibson (Cleveland Cavaliers): In rhythm (like when LeBron James used to throw him kick-out passes) he is one of the better three-ball shooters in the league hitting 44.3 percent from three this season.

James Jones (Miami Heat): He gets LeBron James’ (and Dwyane Wade’s) kick-outs now and is hitting 42.3 percent from three this season.

Dorell Wright (Golden State Warriors): He has attempted (337) and made (135) more threes than anyone in the NBA this season. That works out to 40.1 percent shooting, incase you are not a human calculator.

Any one of those guys could get hot and win it all, but are you really going to bet against Allen and Pierce? Not if you like your money, you’re not.

Video: All time All-Star Game hightlights

2009 NBA All-Star Game
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Sure, technically there are two games left on the schedule tonight, but it is time to start getting pumped about All-Star weekend.

We will grant you, some events will be a dud. The game itself may be a dud. But there will be some moments and memories as well. Always is.

As a reminder of some of the good ones, here are highlights put together by NBA TV to promote their All-Star show. Enjoy.