With a starvation for sports competition and ESPN needing content-- bad.  They announced last week that current and former NBA and WNBA players would compete in a shot-for-shot single elimination H-O-R-S-E tournament.

The Quarterfinals were aired last night.  Semifinals and Championship rounds will air this Thursday on ESPN at 8:00pm CST.

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Here are the results from the competition last night:

  • Chauncey Billups defeated Trae Young
  • Mike Conley defeated Tamika Catchings
  • Zach LaVine defeated Paul Pierce
  • Allie Quigley defeated Chris Paul

A couple of takeaways:

  • Young was way too easy on Bilups.  Young started with a free thrown and then a 3 pointer-- both easy shots for "Mr. Big Shot".  In Young's defense, he driveway/basketball court did not look like it was bi enough for 47 foot bombs.  This was the only upset of the night.
  • Conley was playing in a controlled environment, private gym.  Catchings was outside. Plus, Conley is ambidextrous.  Something he referred to but did not use to his advantage.  He would often say, "use your dominate hand."
  • LaVine clowned Paul Pierce-- he shut him out.  LaVine used his athleticism as much as he could to his victory.  Dunking is not allowed but Zach still found ways to show off his hops.  The banter back and forth was great.
  • CP3 was in an early hole to Quigley and fought his way back into contention but eventually Allie put his away to advance.
  • Unfortunately, video quality was not that great but what are you supposed to do when you are not allowed a camera crew and editing due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

I applaud ESPN for trying something new.  And I thank the athletes for agreeing to this competition, getting mic'd up, and allowing us into their personal space.

Twitter, however, did what Twitter does best and that is to crap all over the event.

Even I got into it.

Here are some other Twitter reactions:

PREDICTIONS:

  • Conley defeats Bilups
  • LaVine defeats Quigley

 

  • Conley defeats LaVine

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