Kevin Love will return to NBA's All-Star three-point contest
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Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love missed Wednesday's loss at Oklahoma City with a stiff neck, but the NBA announced on Thursday that he will take part in the All-Star weekend's three-point contest on Feb. 15.
Love will try and reclaim his title after a one-year hiatus following his 2012 crown, in which he beat out Ryan Anderson, Kevin Durant and Mario Chalmers, among others.
Currently fourth in the NBA with 25.6 points per game, Love was voted into his third All-Star appearance, his first career start, as he averages a double-double (13.2 rebounds per game).
Love will have to topple 2013 champion and Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving as he also competes against Golden State's Stephen Curry, Brooklyn's Joe Johnson and Orlando's Arron Afflalo. Washington's Bradley Beal, San Antonio's Marco Belinelli and Portland's Damian Lillard will also compete.
Love is the most recent power forward to win the three-point contest since Dirk Nowitzki in 2005-06.
The complete All-Star weekend schedule, taking place in New Orleans:
Friday, Feb. 14
Sprint Celebrity Game
BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
Saturday, Feb. 15
NBA D-League All-Star Game
Sears Shooting Stars
Taco Bell Skills Challenge
Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
Sunday, Feb. 16
63rd NBA All-Star Game
The NBA announced the slam dunk contest particpants: Indiana's Paul George, Toronto's Terrence Ross, Washington's John Wall, Golden State's Harrison Barnes, Portland's Damian Lillard and Sacramento's Ben McLemore.