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Chris Paul And Trae Young Headline First-Ever NBA HORSE Challenge

Whoever spells H-O-R-S-E first will be eliminated. The players, which also include WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky, Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr., NBA Finals MVPs Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce, will play a single-elimination game of HORSE - all from their respective home courts. It was also the first league to come up with a way to give fans something watch in the meantime with its upcoming HORSE challenge that will include some current and former players from the National Basketball Association and WNBA.

Here's how it will work: participants will be divided into two groups of four, with the winners of the first two games in each group playing each other in the semifinals.

It's been almost a month since the NBA suspended its season because of the coronavirus pandemic, and while the league has offered plenty of avenues to watch historic and archived games, there's still a significant void for many basketball fans.

ESPN will broadcast all games, starting with the opening round on Sunday. From there, the victor from each group advances to the championship round.

The matchups will begin with a coin toss to determine shooting order, with the more senior of the two players calling heads or tails. They will have to match shots.

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When ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski initially broke news of the NBA's plan to have a H-O-R-S-E competition, Pierce responded to the tweet by saying "I'm in". The winners from Sunday will then meet in the semifinals and for the championship on Thursday, April 16. "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".

Sunday, April 12, 7-9 p.m.

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State Farm, which is sponsoring the event, will also donate more than $200,000 to charities working to fight the coronavirus pandemic.



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