airball


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airball

In basketball, a missed shot that does not touch any part of the basket. The shot looked on target but ended up being an airball, missing the basket by a foot.

air ball

n. a basketball throw that misses everything, especially the basket. Old Fred has become a master with the air ball. The net will never get worn out.
See also: air, ball
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The first-time guest at a basketball game learns from others when to chant "airball" and enjoys the game all the more for chanting.
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The last basketball game I played, LeBron James was still a rookie, so my first couple of attempts were airball, but on the third try, the ball hit the board and swoosh!
The last of Semerad's treys gave the Texters a 105-103 lead, before Joshua Smith sealed the deal with a putback of a Jayson Castro airball as the series many saw will go the distance could have an ending on Thursday when Game 3 is played at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Alaska won the tap, but Casio -- to highlight his offensive struggles in the series -- threw up an airball from three-point range as the buzzer sounded, triggering a huge celebration in the stands among the San Miguel faithful.
He threw up an airball on a third-quarter free throw but made the second, and sat out the fourth with the Knicks comfortably ahead.
North Carolina State upset Houston on Lorenzo Charles' dunk at the buzzer on Dereck Whittenburg's long airball. Jim Valvano raced crazily around the court.
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Pat didnt even contest it, I didnt even see him," LaVine said of his late airball. "I rose over the top of him, I just air-balled it.
Before that, Guiao also cited a non-call on a driving Gabe Norwood, who threw up an airball from 10 feet.
Both teams had a chance to win it in the final seconds of regulation, but after a timeout, Garnett threw up an airball with 5.8 seconds left as the shot clock expired.
He scored his first NBA point on a free throw about 11/2 minutes into the game, and had his first airball two minutes later on a short jumper in the lane.
(Won't basketball fans have something more pressing than moviegoing on their minds?) But the Touchstone release has enough across-the-board appeal to attract even those who don't know an airball from a hairball.
Henry Walker threw up an airball that could have won it for NLEX before Lassiter buried that dagger trey.