Chris Paul, Trae Young eliminated from H-O-R-S-E tournament
Trae Young and Chris Paul were the favorites to win the NBA HORSE Challenge, but both were dealt first-round exits Sunday night.
Former Pistons and Nuggets star Chauncey Billups overcame a three-letter hole to beat Young, who blamed the Norman wind for his rough showing.
Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley, one of the best shooters in the WNBA, comfortably beat Paul in the most entertaining match of the night. Quigley banked in a free throw for the win.
While basketball fans were looking for their fix, the HORSE Challenge mostly fell flat. The shaky cell phone footage and choppy audio was mocked on social media.
“H-O-R-S-E could not be worse,” Pelicans guard JJ Redick tweeted. “I gave it 5 min. Hard pass.”
Each player, practicing social distancing, competed from their home courts.
Mike Conley shot from an indoor gym. Paul, Billups, Paul Pierce and Zach LaVine had outdoor courts at their houses. Young, Quigley and Tamika Catchings turned back the clock and shot from their driveways.
The Paul vs. Quigley game aired last on ESPN’s two-hour broadcast. There were funny moments between them.
Quigley challenged Paul with back-to-back elbow jumpers off one leg early in the match.
“She’s gotta check my stats,” Paul said. “That’s my favorite shot.”
Quigley, a 44 percent 3-pointer shooter last season, drained a few deep shots against Paul.
“All I hear is nets every time,” Paul said after one of Quigley’s makes.
Quigley will face LaVine in an all-Chicago semifinal. Billups and Conley will match up in the other semifinal. The semifinal and championship rounds will air at 8 p.m Thursday.
“We want to let fans know we miss them as much as they miss us,” Paul said.