NBA Horse Challenge - Grading every player in quarterfinals

Ruben Hill
May 25, 2020

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.

Sure, we got to see Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley challenge - and demolish - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul with a bank shot while seated on the ground, but a majority of the players' shots were lacking creativity, which made viewers fall asleep with their eyes open.

Thunder guard Chris Paul, Hawks guard Trae Young and six more current and former National Basketball Association and WNBA players will compete in a H-O-R-S-E Tournament that tips-off at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

Conley will face Billups, and Quigley LaVine in the Semifinals, which, along with the Finals, will be broadcast by ESPN and the ESPN app on Thursday Apr. 16 at 9pm ET. Both players sank free throws to start things off.

LaVine sailed past Pierce while playing in Snohomish, Wash., using a battery of trick shots and long-range shots to easily dispatch the Los Angeles resident.

"Zach, I'm going to give credit to him, he was very creative today", Pierce said afterward. Billups pulled off a comeback against Young, who had an H-O-R lead.

HORSE doesn't showcase the best aspects of the versatile game that landed Catchings in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, and a tough draw showed that Catchings' off hand is not especially strong.

Catchings played outside in Indianapolis. For example, the second person shooting must duplicate the first person's shot if it is made. "I see her hair blowing in the wind and I know it is cold in IN right now", Conley said. "I'm happy to move on and happy to compete with a GOAT like Tamika".

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