Curry heading to Houston for All-Star Weekend after all

Curry heading to Houston for All-Star Weekend after all
February 7, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Stephen Curry's 142 made 3's are the second most in the NBA behind behind Ryan Anderson's 147. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Warriors guard Stephen Curry will make the trip to All-Star Weekend to participate in the NBA 3-point shootout next Saturday, and is strong candidate to serve as an injury replacement during the game the following day.

With Western-Conference All-Stars Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan and Chris Paul all nursing injuries, Curry would likely be one of the first potential injury replacements. His being in Houston regardless only helps his chances.

If needed, NBA commissioner David Stern would choose any potential replacement players. Replacements do not need to play the same position as the player they are replacing and have been announced as late as Thursday prior to Sunday's All-Star Game in the past.

Curry ranks No. 2 in the NBA in 3-pointers made (142) behind New Orleans' Ryan Anderson (147) and his .449 percentage from deep is second in the league among those with 50-or-more attempts.

Indiana's Paul George, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, New York's Steve Novak, San Antonio's Matt Bonner and Anderson and make up the rest of the field.

Curry finished second when he particpated in the event in 2010 to Boston's Paul Piece. He won the Skills Challenge in 2011. The 3-point shootout will be part of the league's All-Star Saturday Night which starts at 5:30 p.m. PT on Feb. 16.

David Lee was named the team's first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997 on Jan. 24 and held out hope Curry would still land on the squad.

"We've been the leaders of this team all year long and I think one of the main reasons that I made it in and that we both had a good shot is because of the team's record," said Lee after being named to the team. "I think him and I are equally responsible for that along with the other guys on the team."