Guard Stephen Curry will start for the West in the All-Star Game on Sunday, but will part of the festivities on Saturday, too. Curry, who set an NBA record with 272 made 3-pointers last year, is making his third appearance in the 3-point Contest. Curry finished second to Paul Pierce in the 3-point Contest during his rookie season in 2010, and did not make it out of the first round in last year’s contest.
“You can compare it to clutch, late-in-game moments,” he said of the contest. “When you’re adrenaline’s rushing and you’ve got to hit a big shot, but you’ve got to hit it 25 times in a row in a minute and you’re out there by yourself. It’s different. It goes by really quickly.”
He said the time limit forces shooters to abandon watching their shots as they fly toward the rim to focus on grabbing the next ball off the rack, and all he can do is look up to the scoreboard after and hope for a number in the 20s, something he’s done only once before.
As if the 3-point Contest and the game were not enough, Curry will also participate in the Shooting Stars event, which teams a current NBA player with a retired “legend” and a representative from the WNBA. Fittingly, Curry will team with his father, former NBA star Dell Curry, and Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Stars.
Curry will be joined in New Orleans this weekend by Harrison Barnes, who will play for the sophomore team in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night and will take the stage again in the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday.
“Honestly as of right now, I can’t tell you what dunks I’m going to do, but I’m definitely going to try to pay homage to some people,” Barnes said.
At least one Warrior expects a lot out of Barnes in the contest. Andre Iguodala said he expects some “Dominique-esque dunks” from Barnes, a reference to dunking legend Dominique Wilkins, who won the contest in 1985 and 1990.