Word on the Street

Heat Check (heet chek) noun. An occasion on which a basketball player takes a questionable (i.e., bad) shot in order to determine how “hot” he is, usually after hitting several shots in a row.

Usage example:After hitting on his last six shots, Paul Pierce did a heat check by launching an off-balance 25-footer with a defender in his face.

Word trivia: I can sort of accept it when a superstar does a heat check. I mean, guys like LeBron James and Paul Pierce dominate their team’s offense and are very likely to get on a roll. But everybody and his brother does a heat check these days. Some players (*cough* Damon Jones *cough*) will hit exactly one shot in a row and then do a heat check on their very next offensive possession. Look people: hitting one shot does not mean you’re hot. Even when you think you’re the best shooter in the world.

 I found this during an image search for “heat check,” and, frankly, it was too laughable not to include.


Labels: Paul Pierce / LeBron James / Damon Jones /  Word on the Street


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