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Numbers don't lie: Steph, Klay vs the field in 3-Point Contest

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Numbers don't lie: Steph, Klay vs the field in 3-Point Contest

The Warriors are off to the best start in NBA history with a 48-4 record at the All-Star break as they aim to defend their crown. 

Steph Curry has been the leader for the champs, averaging a league-high 29.8 points per game this season. On Sunday, Curry has another title to defend. 

As the reigning winner of the 3-Point Contest, Curry will look to be a back-to-back top dog from beyond the arc. He will have to take down his fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson. 

Curry and Thompson are the top-two favorites to win the 3-Point Contest, according to Bovada LV.

[RELATED: Curry, Klay favorites to win NBA 3-Point Contest]

At the break, Curry and Thompson are 1-2 for 3-pointers made. The dynamic duo has combined for 406 treys on 923 attempts. 

In 50 games played, Curry has nailed 245 of 540 3-point attempts, good for 45.4 percent, and he leads the league in shots made from 3-point range.

For his career, Curry has already made 1436 of 3244 3-point attempts, on 44.3 percent shooting.

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Right behind the MVP, is his backcourt mate Thompson. His 161 3-pointers in 383 shots is second to only Curry, and he has downed 42 percent from long range. 

So, how do the Splash Brothers stack up against the rest of the competition in the 3-Point Contest while shooting from beyond the arc? Take a look: 

James Harden

2015-16: 155 of 437, 35.5 percent, 3rd in 3-pointers made

Career: 1039 of 2825, 36.8 percent

Khris Middleton

2015-16: 104 of 257, 40.5 percent, 19th in 3-pointers made

Career: 347 of 860, 40.3 percent

Kyle Lowry

2015-16: 145 of 370, 39.2 percent, 5th in 3-pointers made

Career: 877 of 2476, 35.4 percent

J.J. Redick

2015-16: 130 of 273, 47.6 percent, 7th in 3-pointers made

Career: 1000 of 2448, 40.8 percent

C.J. McCollum

2015-16: 125 of 319, 39.2 percent, 9th in 3-pointers made

Career: 210 of 538, 39 percent

Devin Booker

2015-16: 56 of 139, 40.3 percent, 95th in 3-pointers made

Career: Rookie year

Curry is the only one of the eight participants to win a 3-Point Contest. He took home the crown last year, and Thompson, Harden and Redick all fell to Curry.

DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs Pelicans for one specific reason

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DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs Pelicans for one specific reason

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30pm PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

DeMarcus Cousins isn't exactly on the best of terms with the New Orleans Pelicans organization. 

The four-time All-Star was hoping to re-sign with the franchise that traded for him back in February 2017, but things didn't work out. There is still some bad blood.

Cousins will make his Warriors debut on Friday against the Clippers. Apparently, he could have suited up against the Pelicans but opted to remain on the sideline.

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"I wasn’t going to return against them,” Cousins told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports before the Warriors' victory. “I didn’t because I didn’t’ want to give (the media) a storyline. Straight up. You can ask Bob (Myers) that.

"I didn’t want to give y’all a storyline. That’s why (my return) is Friday.”

Cousins is right in that if he made his debut against the Pelicans, the emotions would have been off the charts. He made the right decision to wait two extra days.

At his introductory press conference with the Warriors back in July, the big man implied that New Orleans GM Dell Demps didn't offer him a contract.

"I’m gonna put it like this: Only me and Dell Demps know what was said on the phone that night," Cousins declared. "We both know the truth. And I’ll leave it at that."

If you like drama, then mark April 9 on your calendar because that's when Cousins and the Warriors will face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in New Orleans...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30pm PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In April 2012, Steph Curry underwent surgery on his right ankle. The surgeon was Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

In late January 2018, DeMarcus Cousins underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon. The surgegon was ...

... Dr. Richard Ferkel, who will certainly be watching when the Warriors' big man takes the floor on Friday night in Los Angeles.

[RELATEDDeMarcus Cousins’ debut means Warriors will face 10 crucial questions]

He recently spoke with NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh about Cousins' rehab process and acknowledged that keeping the six-time All-Star's weight down has been a top priority.

"The stress their putting on is a little different than for somebody who is a six-foot point guard," Dr. Ferkel said. "It probably extends the rehab a bit longer in bigger people than in smaller people.”

Cousins is not a small person and at various points throughout his career, has needed to shed some pounds. At this point, that is not an issue because he truly looks to be in very solid shape -- not elite level "game shape," but he definitely passes the eye test right now.

But Warriors fans should not expect a seamless assimilation. It's going to take Cousins some time to shake off the rust and get fully comfortable. He will have to adapt to the Warriors' high-octane pace and style.

“I think it’s important for people to understand that even if he’s released, we, as part of DeMarcus’ team, feel this current release (to play) is really the final phase of his rehabilitation," Dr. Ferkel added. "We’re not saying he’s 100 percent like he would be if he was uninjured.

"He’s done everything he can do but be in a game situation with elite players.”

Buckle up and enjoy the ride...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller