NBA hosts HORSE tourney

Posted 4/15/20

The NBA and WNBA began an eight-player HORSE tournament Sunday with the high-profile contestants competing remotely from gyms at their homes.

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NBA hosts HORSE tourney

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The NBA and WNBA began an eight-player HORSE tournament Sunday with the high-profile contestants competing remotely from gyms at their homes.

The headliners included 10-time All-Star, current member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and former member of the Houston Rockets, Chris Paul, 21-year-old All-Star Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and retired WNBA star Tamika Catchings.

The lineup also included Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls), Allie Quigley (Chicago Sky), Mike Conley Jr. (Utah Jazz) and retired legends Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups. Both Billups and Pierce have earned the NBA Finals MVP title in the past (2004 and 2008, respectively).

Quigley took down Paul in an upset during the opening round Sunday while Billups defeated Young, Conley defeated Catchings and LaVine defeated Pierce.

The semifinals will take place Thursday at 8 p.m. Billups will take on Conley while LaVine battles Quigley.

Some pundits complained the shot selection was too generic in the opening round. Paul did, however, sink a shot in which he stood on one foot with his back to the basket. Despite his loss to Quigley, it was the most talked-about shot of the night.

A coin toss at the start of each game determines who shoots first, with the more senior player calling heads or tails. Players must describe each shot attempt, specifying the type of score they intend to make before taking a shot, such as a bank shot or swish. Dunking is prohibited. The first player in each game to accumulate the letters “H-O-R-S-E” after failing to match five shots is eliminated.

According to a Thursday press release from NBA.com, State Farm will donate more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants to charities focused on coronavirus response efforts. This donation builds on the more than $74 million that has been contributed by the NBA to date to support coronavirus relief efforts through its NBA Together campaign.

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