Chris Paul And Trae Young Among First To Headline NBA HORSE Challenge

Quarterfinals Group 1: Tamika Catchings (WNBA Legend) vs. Mike Conley Jr.

The field will be divided into two groups in a single-elimination tourney.

Pierce will join Chris Paul, Trae Young, Zach LaVine and others in a silly competition that nonetheless will likely draw a lot of viewers as basketball-starved fans look for something to watch with the league suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. The game, which will be broadcast on ESPN, will - of course - espouse proper social distancing guidelines. The winners of those groups will move on to the championship round. To win a matchup, participants have to call the shot they will attempt.

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 quarterfinals will air this Sunday, April 12 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Order will be determined by a coin flip, the more senior player calling it. The winners will advance to the semifinals, which will be held Thursday, April 16 from 9-11 p.m. EDT.

Using the classic rules of the popular playground basketball game, players unable to match the opponent's shot on their turn will receive letters until they can spell "HORSE", at which point they will be eliminated, according to Yang.

Victor of Billups-Young vs. victor of Catchings vs. Conley Jr.

The charity event is aimed at aiding in coronavirus/COVD-19 response efforts with State Farm planning to donate more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants.

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