Steph Curry to face Sabrina Ionescu in NBA all-star capturing showdown

Stephen Curry is headed again to NBA All-Star weekend. Sabrina Ionescu might be ready for him.

The shootout that each of them needed is formally a actuality, the NBA introduced Tuesday. “Stephen vs. Sabrina” will occur as a part of All-Star Saturday Evening in Indianapolis on Feb. 17. Curry, the NBA’s all-time three-point king, will tackle the reigning WNBA three-point shootout queen and single-season document holder Ionescu.

“Stage is about! Let’s get it,” Curry posted on social media.

Ionescu responded merely: “Let’s go!”

This matchup was months within the making. Curry was wired with a microphone for Golden State’s sport final Thursday evening towards Sacramento and had a dialogue with Warriors teammate Brandin Podziemski about Ionescu, who scored an almost-perfect 37 factors within the WNBA’s 3-point contest final summer season. That topped Curry’s NBA 3-point contest better of 31.

“I believe I’ve obtained to problem her,” Curry informed Podziemski.

Ionescu responded on social media: “Let’s getttttt it!! See ya on the 3 pt line.” The truth is, she technically initiated the problem: Ionescu posed for a photograph imitating Curry’s well-known lights-out pose whereas holding her trophy on the WNBA All-Star occasion and raised the opportunity of a matchup taking place.

The NBA was more than pleased to make it occur.

Curry will shoot from the NBA three-point line with NBA basketballs, and Ionescu will shoot from the WNBA three-point line with WNBA basketballs. At stake: bragging rights and quite a lot of money for charity — Curry’s Eat.Study.Play. nonprofit and Ionescu’s SI20 Basis will obtain a donation from the NBA and WNBA for collaborating. Each shot they make — $1,000 US for normal 3s, $2,000 for money-ball 3s and $3,000 for deeper 3s from practically 30 ft — will convey a donation from State Farm to the NBA Basis “to help financial empowerment within the Black group,” the league mentioned.

Curry has 4 of the 5 highest single-season 3-point make totals in NBA historical past, along with his document of 402 coming within the 2015-16 season. Ionescu led the WNBA with 128 made 3s final season, whereas capturing practically 45 per cent from distance.

Rising stars

No shock right here: Victor Wembanyama is headed to his first all-star weekend.

The San Antonio rookie and No. 1 total decide in final yr’s NBA draft was certainly one of 28 gamers picked for the Rising Stars video games, to be held on the Friday of All-Star weekend, Feb. 16.

No. 2 decide Brandon Miller of Charlotte and No. 3 decide Scoot Henderson of Portland are becoming a member of Wembanyama among the many rookies chosen for the video games — the format is a mini-tournament with the seven-player rosters, and a championship sport after two semifinals. Henderson is within the occasion for a 3rd time, after being picked twice when he performed for the G League Ignite in 2022 and 2023.

Additionally picked from the rookie class was Oklahoma Metropolis teammates Chet Holmgren and Cason Wallace, Washington’s Bilal Coulibaly, Utah’s Keyonte George, New Orleans’ Jordan Hawkins, Miami’s Jaime Jaquez Jr., Dallas’ Dereck Energetic II and Golden State’s Podziemski.

From the second-year class are Orlando’s Paolo Banchero, New Orleans’ Dyson Daniels, Detroit teammates Jalen Duren and Jaden Ivey, Utah’s Walker Kessler, Indiana’s Bennedict Mathurin, Sacramento’s Keegan Murray, Portland’s Shaedon Sharpe, Houston’s Jabari Smith Jr. and Oklahoma Metropolis’s Jalen Williams.

Toronto Raptors’ first-round rookie Gradey Dick missed out.

Reigning slam dunk champion Mac McClung was certainly one of seven G League gamers picked for the occasion, together with Izan Almansa, Matas Buzelis, Ron Holland, Tyler Smith, Oscar Tshiebwe and Alondes Williams.

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