NBA Horse Challenge - Grading every player in quarterfinals

Ross Houston
May 25, 2020

For a split second, as the pixelated squares fell into place to form an actual picture, fans watching ESPN'S H-O-R-S-E tournament could tell that former NBA great Paul Pierce's personal basketball court in the hills of Los Angeles donned a giant Boston Celtics logo. Both of us play for Chicago. Pierce also missed a one-footed between-the-legs layup that he said was hard, even though it looked relatively easy.

Conley announced his presence as a serious contender to win this tournament, thanks to two big advantages: his off-hand dominance and an indoor gym in his Columbus home.

Billups and Conley meet in the other semifinal.

Catchings didn't fare as well as Quigley as she fell to Conley in the first round.

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.

But LaVine - one of the most athletic players in the league - circumvented the "no dunking" policy by making Pierce leap, touch the backboard on one side and lay the ball in on the other.

LaVine used an array of trick shots to keep the 10-time All-Star off balance from the start, the Celtic champion eliminated without getting a letter on his younger opponent.

At one point during their competition, Paul remarked that all he was hearing from Quigley's backyard hoop were swishes. Also, Chris Paul was taken out by Allie Quigley.

She sealed the win with a banked free throw and Paul missed his equalising attempt at his home in Encino, California.

On her matchup with LaVine, Quigley said: "I'm excited".

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