Perhaps no player entered a 3-point contest hotter than…

Perhaps no player entered a 3-point contest hotter than Luke Kennard. When the LA Clippers sharpshooter arrived in his home state of Ohio on Friday, it was as he came off of his best night shooting 3s since he was a two-time Mr. Basketball at Franklin High School. Kennard made a career-best 8 3-pointers Thursday in a Clippers win against the Rockets. That came one day after Kennard got back in the practice facility at Playa Vista to get himself ready for the event. “I ran through it a few times, a couple days already,” Kennard said after Thursday’s game in LA. “The first time I went through it, I mean, it’s tough. It’s pretty exhausting just getting the timing down and getting a rhythm going. Just where you want to pick the ball up, there’s a lot that goes into it, I didn’t even realize. But all the coaches, some assistant coaches, they were in the gym with me getting me ready, reading the rules. And even they got in it with me, so we went through a whole competition and I came out with a win on both days, so that made me feel a little good. It takes a little bit to get used to, but hopefully I kind of got it going.”
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