Tonight the NBA All-Star Weekend continues with the Slam Dunk Contest and the Three-Point Contest at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and although the Celtics are not going to be represented this weekend we can still take a look back at the past. The Celtics haven’t been represented in the All-Star Game since the 2012-2013 season when Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, before that the Celtics had been represented in the previous five All-Star Games.
Tonight Zach LaVine, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mason Plumlee, and Victor Oladipo will take part in the Slam Dunk Contest, so that got us thinking about previous Celtics who participated in the Slam Dunk Contest. The most recent Celtic to take part in the Slam Dunk Contest was Gerald Green during the 2006-2007 season, the 21 year-old defeated Nate Robinson in the final round to capture his first Slam Dunk crown.
Before that the last Celtic to take part in the Dunk contest was Ricky Davis back in 2004 when the All-Star Game emanated from Los Angeles. Davis did not end up winning the contest and fell to Indiana’s Fred Jones.
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Also taking place tonight is the NBA Three-Point Contest that features Marco Belinelli, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews, J.J. Redick, and Klay Thompson. Again since the Celtics are not represented doesn’t mean we’ll just let this one pass through, instead lets take another look at some past Celtics that took part in the three-point contest.
Back in 2011 when Ray Allen was on the Celtics he took part in the three-point contest when it was held in Los Angeles, and of course Allen dominated much of the contest.
Allen would eventually lose out to his future Heat teammate James Jones.
The previous year Paul Pierce took part in the three-contest when it took place in Dallas and for the long-time Celtic, he was able to edge out Stephen Curry to capture the crown. Pierce was the first Celtic to capture the three-point contest crown since Larry Bird captured the first three three-point contests (’85-’86, ’86-’87, ’87-’88).
So while they’re aren’t any Celtics involved in the All-Star festivities this weekend, we can all relive some of the great performances we’ve seen from past Celtics. Either that or we can keep watch Malcolm Butler‘s interception from the Super Bowl.
Make sure to check out this week’s C&C Podcast, on the show we cover the Greg Hardy situation, Brett Favre’s legacy in Green Bay, as well as James Shields going to San Diego and how the Padres moves this offseason may help them move closer to a playoff spot. We’ve got that plus plenty of NBA talk including giving our take on who wins the NBA 3-point contest, and Slam Dunk contest as well as our favorite NBA All Star Game memories.