Stephen Curry-Sabrina Ionescu Three-Point Duel Set for NBA All-Star

Warriors' Curry Sparks Epic Showdown with WNBA's Ionescu.

by Nouman Rasool
Stephen Curry-Sabrina Ionescu Three-Point Duel Set for NBA All-Star
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As the 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend approaches, fans are buzzing with excitement over a unique three-point shootout. Renowned NBA insider Shams Charania reports that the league is orchestrating a face-off between Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and WNBA's New York Liberty star, Sabrina Ionescu, in Indianapolis.

This event is not just a contest but a historic convergence of two basketball virtuosos, both past champions in their respective leagues' three-point competitions. In the previous year, Ionescu etched her name in the annals of basketball history at the WNBA's All-Star Weekend.

She shattered both NBA and WNBA records in the three-point contest by amassing an astonishing 37 points, out of a possible 40. This remarkable feat included a sequence where she drained 20 consecutive shots, showcasing an exceptional display of precision and skill.

The record she broke was previously shared by Curry, with 31 points in 2021, and Tyrese Haliburton in 2023. Post her historic win, Curry openly challenged Ionescu to a three-point contest, sparking a debate over who reigns supreme as the top competition shooter.

This much-anticipated showdown is set to unfold in Indianapolis, offering a definitive answer to this burning question. While Curry might be the presumptive favorite, Ionescu's credentials are formidable. Last season, the 26-year-old led the WNBA in three-pointers with 128 successful shots and an impressive 44.8% success rate from beyond the arc.

Curry, on the other hand, leads the NBA with 172 made threes and a 40.1% shooting accuracy from the three-point line, as he prepared to face the Sacramento Kings.

Curry's Challenge to Ionescu

The challenge was initiated by Curry during the warmups of the Golden State Warriors' game against the Kings.

While mic'd up, he engaged in a conversation with rookie Brandin Podziemski, highlighting Ionescu's record. Curry's intent to settle the score with Ionescu was clear, and she enthusiastically accepted the challenge. This event raises intriguing questions about its format, considering the differences in the NBA and WNBA balls and three-point lines.

Will there be separate equipment or a unified standard? The answers will unfold as the event draws closer. In a related development, Curry received the unexpected news of not being named a starter for the 2024 All-Star Game, despite his impressive season averages.

He narrowly missed the starting lineup, with Luka Doncic and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander securing the spots. This marks a break in Curry's streak of All-Star starts, underscoring the fiercely competitive nature of the league.

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