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‘Buddy’ gets second shot at three-point contest

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield reacts after making a three-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago,

Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

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February 3, 2020

Simba French

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For the second straight year, Bahamian guard Chavano “Buddy” Hield will be a participant in the NBA All-Star Weekend Mountain Dew Three-Point Contest at the historic United Center in Chicago, Illinois, slated for February 15.

The news broke last Friday by Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, who also added that Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young would be participating.

The Sacramento Kings guard has connected on 184 three-pointers in 49 total games. If he continues to shoot at this pace, he can surpass his season career-high of 278 which he did last year. That was also a franchise record. He ranks third in the league behind James Harden (208) and Lillard (192).

Hield is shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc this season. That is down from his 42.7 percent from last season.

He is averaging 3.8 three-pointers per game – up from last season’s 3.4 three-pointers per game. He is ranked third in the league along with Golden State Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell. Harden is first in the league with 4.6 three-pointers per game this season and Lillard is second with four per contest.

This will be the Grand Bahamian’s second time in the three-point contest.

Last year in the contest, Hield was superb in the first round as he had a score of 26. He was in the finals with Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Harris.

In the final round, Hield had a slow start but picked it up later to finish with 19. Harris won the contest with a score of 26.

This past Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers, the fourth year guard finished with 22 points, four rebounds and two assists. He also had a steal and an assist.

He was 8-for-16 from the field and 6-for-13 from three-point territory.

His performance as a reserve was not enough as his team got routed 129-113. The Lakers led this game at end of the first quarter, 44-22, and never looked back.

The prolific scorer is averaging a career-high 20.3 points per game this season while shooting 42.5 percent from the field. He is averaging career highs in rebounds (5) and assists (3.1).

He had a career night a week ago when he dropped a career-high 42 points in a 133-129 overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves as a reserve. He did so on 24 shots in 38 minutes in a tribute to his favorite player – Kobe Bryant, who, along with eight others, perished in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26.

Hield also finished with five rebounds and three assists in that contest. Additionally, Hield connected on nine three-pointers – his second highest of his career. The 6’4” guard finished 14-for-24 from the field and 9-for-14 from three-point territory.

Hield became just the second player in the last 20 years with a 20-point fourth quarter while shooting 100 percent from the field, in a game where his team overcame a 25-point deficit. The other was Bryant.

January was Hield’s best shooting month of the season. In his 14 games he shot 45.3 percent from the field including 41 percent from three-point land. He averaged 20.5 points and 3.9 three pointers per game in 32.8 minutes of contest.

With the loss to the Lakers, the Kings now sport an 18-31 win-loss record. In a tough Western Conference, the Kings sit in 13th place – six games behind the eighth place Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have a 24-25 record.

The Kings have a rematch with the Timberwolves at Golden Center in Sacramento, California, tonight. That gets underway at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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