Quigley, a back-to-back winner in the WNBA 3-point contest, is one of two women in the field. She’s joined by four NBA players — the Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine, the Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young, Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul and the Utah Jazz’s Mike Conley Jr. — two former players-turned ESPN analysts in Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups, and 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tamika Catchings.
Quigley channels Larry Bird for HORSE trash talk
Quigley gave a message to her competitors, via Madeline Kenney at the Chicago Sun Times.
“I can go with the famous Larry Bird quote,” Quigley said. “Which one of you guys is coming in second?”
Bird told his competitors that at the NBA All-Star 3-point shooting contest in 1988.
“I got lucky cuz I almost got beat in the first round,” Bird told the Dan Patrick Show in 2016.
The Boston Celtics Hall of Famer won the first three contests in history, beginning in 1986. He’s a career 36.8 percent shooter from behind the arc.
Quigley, a two-time Sixth Woman of the Year, is a career 39.9 percent 3-point shooter in the WNBA. She has shot 43.1 percent from that range over the past three seasons. She set the 3-point contest record in both the NBA and WNBA with 29 points in 2018.
When and what is the HORSE challenge?
The contestants are split into two groups of four with the winners advancing to the championship round. It’s a single-elimination format.
In the quarterfinal round, it’s Quigley vs. Paul. The winner plays the winner of LaVine vs. Pierce.
The other group’s matchups are Young vs. Billups and Catchings vs. Conley Jr. The players will take shots from their home courts, attempting the shot in detail, and it will be compiled for air.
The quarterfinals will broadcast on ESPN at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The semifinals and championship matchup will be Thursday on ESPN at 9 p.m. The $200,000 prize pool will go toward charities supporting COVID-19 relief.
Court equality at play in home HORSE
HORSE is an equalizing game when players are on the same court. It’s the same bumps, hills, tree branches and sunlight for each player to attempt.
In a virtual game where every player is at their home court, the differences will be clear. Quigley doesn’t have a traditional court and plays on a cobblestone landscaping.
“I was out there [Thursday] morning a little bit, just seeing what can work,” Quigley said, via the Sun-Times. “I have a little cobblestone area back there, so just checking how things could bounce into the hoops and just checking behind the basket, backboard shots, just things like that.”
There are no dunks allowed, putting all of the players on equal footing with LaVine.
I need some ideas!! Send me some of your most creative ideas/shots in HORSE...— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) April 9, 2020
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