Sabrina Ionescu vs. Steph Curry: NBA officially unveils plan for 3-point contest at All-Star Weekend
Sabrina Ionescu will go head-to-head against Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry in the first NBA vs. WNBA 3-point challenge during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend next month.
The official format for the event says Ionescu will use WNBA-sized basketballs and shoot from the WNBA 3-point line. However, in a tweet, Ionescu said she wants to shoot from the NBA’s 3-point line. The WNBA line measures 20 feet, 6 inches while the NBA 3-point line measures 23 feet, 9 inches at the top of the key and 22 feet in the corners.
Aside from the regulation balls, the rest of the contest will remain unchanged. Both will have four racks with four game balls and one “money” ball. Each will be able to place a fifth rack with five “money” balls wherever they would like. “Money” balls will be worth two points. There will be two “Starry Range” shots worth three points each.
The competition will also benefit both Ionescu’s SI20 Foundation and Curry’s Eat.Learn.Play nonprofit.
Curry has won the NBA’s 3-point shootout twice. Last summer, Ionescu set a record — NBA or WNBA — with 37 points to win the 3-point shootout at the WNBA’s All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas. Ionescu made 20 consecutive baskets at one point in the final round.
This year’s NBA All-Star Weekend is set to take place Feb. 16-18 in Indianapolis. All-Star Saturday Night begins at 5 p.m. PT on TNT on Feb. 17.
STEPHEN vs. SABRINA 🍿
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