Chris Paul can make crazy shots. Trae Young can make them from deep.
But will that translate to success in a H-O-R-S-E competition? We’re about to find out.
But don’t discount WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley. She is a quiet favorite. In a practice shot, the Chicago Sky guard swished a long shot from her deck and over the hedges on her first try. At least she said it was her first try.
Quigley, a two-time WNBA 3-Point Contest winner, told USA TODAY Sports, “Once I’m feeling good and there’s some letters on the board, then I’ll get to the crazy shots.”
Here are the first four matchups:
Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups: Ice Trae vs. Mr. Big Shot
Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley Jr.: Long distance shooter vs. long distance shooter
Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce: High-flying Bulls guard vs. The Truth
Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley: All-Star guard vs. All-Star guard
The H-O-R-S-E Challenge details
When: The quarterfinals are Sunday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN), with the semifinals and finals on Thursday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Rules: A coin toss at the start of each game will determine 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.
Odds (courtesy of BetOnline):
Trae Young: 2-1
Chris Paul: 5-2
Mike Conley Jr.: 3-1
Paul Pierce: 4-1
Zach LaVine: 5-1
Chauncey Billups: 6-1
Allie Quiqley: 8-1
Tamika Catchings: 10-1
Who benefits: State Farm will donate more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants to charities focused on coronavirus response efforts.
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