Sunday night, ESPN began airing a televised HORSE competition — via video calls — in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has put a pause of live sports of any kind in the United States. Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young took on former NBA star and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups in the first round.
Young got out to an early lead, giving Billups an ‘H.’
Trae gave Chauncey a H with the easy bucket pic.twitter.com/Fl80GFCBb6— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 12, 2020
Young continued to get the best of the elder statesman in the early going, getting up to a big lead.
Trae got him with the left handed free throw!— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 12, 2020
Chauncey: H-O-R pic.twitter.com/ooY3htUhnf
Billups roared back however, tying up the contest with a slew of buckets.
We all tied up!— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 12, 2020
Chauncey: H-O-R pic.twitter.com/kGeYzjYc7Y
Billups took the contest with two more buckets, sending Young out of the competition with an early exit. It was an interesting broadcast angle, with it essentially being three-way call between Young, Billups and ESPN host Mark Jones, though the production situation certainly presented viewing challenges.
It didn’t end the way Young would have liked, but it was something to watch in a time where there has been little else to offer in terms of live basketball. With this as well as Young’s second-round exit in the NBA Players Only 2K Tournament, Hawks fans have had a few light things to watch during the down period.
Stay tuned for ongoing Hawks coverage, even during this NBA hiatus.