INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers may be bringing an NBA-record 25-game losing streak into tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena, but that didn’t prevent one of their players from being recognized by the league.
Guard Daniel Gibson was one of six players chosen Tuesday to participate in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest over All-Star Weekend. The event will be held Feb. 19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“This is a great honor and I am blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of All-Star Weekend,” Gibson said. “I’m really looking forward to competing against this great field of shooters.”
Other participants are defending champion Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics, teammate Ray Allen, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Miami’s James Jones and Golden State’s Dorell Wright.
In 41 games (15 starts) this season, Gibson has averaged career highs of 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 29.6 minutes. He ranks 10th in the NBA in 3-point percentage (.439), having made 79-of-180, and is fifth among players with at least 150 attempts.
Since entering the NBA in 2006, Gibson ranks fourth overall (.426) among active players (minimum 250 makes) in 3-point percentage. He connected on a career-high seven 3-pointers against Utah on Dec. 20.
Gibson was named to the Three-Point Contest and Rookie Challenge at the 2008 All-Star Weekend. He posted 17 points in both the first round and final round to finish second in the Three-Point Contest and was named MVP of the Rookie Challenge after scoring 33 points and making a record 11 3-pointers in the second-year players’ 136-109 win over the rookie team.
Pierce bested Golden State’s Stephen Curry in last year’s contest, scoring 20 points in the final round to capture the title. He will be attempting to join Jeff Hornacek, Jason Kapono, Mark Price and Peja Stojakovic as a two-time winner. Larry Bird and Craig Hodges both captured three straight.
The event will be televised live by TNT as part of All-Star Saturday. Coverage will begin at 8 p.m.
Tait back home
Cavs radio play-by-play man Joe Tait is back at his Lafayette Township home recuperating from heart surgery. Tait had been in a rehabilitation facility until Monday. Tait, 73, and the Cavs organization wish to thank the many fans, broadcasting colleagues and the NBA community for their well-wishes.
Tait, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame over the summer, is retiring at the end of the season. Mike Snyder and Jim Chones will continue to handle radio duties in his absence.
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