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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 last two days in practice I've seen more airballs out of her than I've seen all season.
He shot airballs on two of his first four attempts and wasn't nearly as good as in his previous game, when he scored a season-high 35 points Sunday against Toronto, becoming the first teenager in NBA history with multiple triple-doubles.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 14 points in what might have been his final appearance at Madison Square Garden, Luka Doncic warmed up after an airball on his first shot in the arena to score 16, and the Dallas Mavericks routed the New York Knicks 114-90 on Wednesday night.
I wanted to see if those airballs in Utah would be a shot to your confidence.
A team composed by players with good a ability of jumping will dominate their opponents in airballs, rebounds, and jump shots, as well as in layups, blockings and, moreover, the percentage of number of ball possession would be higher.
The Knicks threw up airballs on their first two attempts - Chris Copeland was woefully short on their first shot.
There were the four airballs in the final minutes of the final playoff game of his rookie season.
Airballs. And for a while the Cougars matched 'em, mistake for mistake.
"I had 2 airballs on my last 2 shots in warmups and air-balled my first 2 shots in the game," said Reall.
The Ducks had three airballs in their first half-dozen field-goal attempts.
He missed two early, then shot two airballs in the second half and finished with three points.