Steph Curry sits out as Klay Thompson set to defend three-point shootout crown
Klay Thompson beat Warriors teammate Steph Curry for the three-point shootout crown last year and is set to defend his title. AP

GOLDEN State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will defend his NBA three-point contest crown during All-Star Weekend on February 18 (19 in Manila).

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry has received an invitation to participate but has yet to decide whether he will join his fellow 'Splash Brother' for a rematch of last year's title battle. But Curry was not among the participants the NBA unveiled Thursday, a sign that Curry has decided to skip this year's contest.

Thompson defeated Curry in the final round of the three-point contest, one of the signature events of All-Star Weekend last February. The Warriors shooting guard currently has a 40.3 percent clip from downtown and is fifth in the NBA with 149 three-pointers made in 48 games.

Curry leads the league with 199 3-pointers, 11 in Wednesday’s win over the Charlotte Hornets.

ESPN first reported that Portland Trail Blazer C.J. McCollum and Wesley Matthews of the Dallas Mavericks will be two of the eight participants in the annual shootout.

Other challengers to Thompson's throne include Cavs star Kyrie Irving, Rockets shooter Eric Gordon, Lakers guard Nick Young, Hornets top gun Kemba Walker and Raptors star Kyle Lowry.

Aside from Thompson and Curry, Golden State also has Kevin Durant and Draymond Green playing as part of the Western Conference team for the All-Star Game on Feb. 19. Steve Kerr and his Warriors coaching staff will be handling the West.

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