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REPORT: NBA changing format of All-Star 3-point contest

NBA, 3-Point Contest, All-Star weekend

The NBA is changing the format of its annual 3-point contest during the All-Star weekend festivities. The long-range competition, smacked on the same night as the Skills Challenge and Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 15, will have an expanded time to shoot more 3-point attempts, including two more from longer distance.

According to the Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press, the NBA will have 70-second rounds instead of 60 seconds and extend the total number  shots from 25 to 27, as two attempts from six feet behind the 3-point arc will be instituted.

Due to the proclivity of NBA stars extending their range from downtown, it looks like the league will adapt to the changing style of jump shooting by adding two more shots from longer range in each round.

NBA players have already accepted invitations to the shootout on the All-Star Game eve. Brooklyn Nets wing Joe Harris, who won the competition last year, accepted an invitation to defend his title along with surprising entry in Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine.

LaVine is more known for his high-flying dunks, having won back-to-back Slam Dunk Contest titles as a rookie and second-year guard with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015-16.

Miami Heat rookie guard Duncan Robinson will compete in the 3-point contest along with Sacramento Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield, who might be traded by the NBA’s trade deadline this Thursday.

All-Star point guard Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and first-time All-Star Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks will also dive into the competition in more than a week.