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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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Needing a big bucket, NU forced San Beda's Josh Alcantara into throwing up an air ball of a three.
When play resumed, Leonard threw up an air ball and the Warriors took a 106-103 lead by ripping off three three-pointers (two by Klay Thompson, one by Stephen Curry).
My first shot was an air ball, and I was like 'Oh my gosh, what am I doing here?''
With no timeouts to call, Jared Dillinger fired an air ball from the three-point area and missed.
Smith still had some questionable shots which hounded his entire career including an air ball three in the third quarter.
In the final moments, Burke -- who scored a game-high 24 -- launched an air ball under duress, and only then did Pitino turn to his bench and begin embracing anyone in sight.
Oregon's Johnathan Loyd shot an air ball as the shot clock expired with 1:37 to go, and Scott then committed a turnover for the Buffaloes.
Arid yet the league allowed it to vanish like an air ball. The NBA's estimate--and yes it was probably nonsense but an estimate still--suggested NBA teams collectively could have generated $100 million-plus per season by sewing logo-ized patches onto uniforms.
LaTaryl Williams proceeded to throw up an air ball from the subsequent 'and one' free-throw, then slammed in a dunk on the next play as if in angry embarrassment at himself.
Now it seems McKay has shot an air ball in dealing with the dealership.
The direct-play team attacks the goals conventionally, but is required to go over the middle-third zone with an air ball. If it fails to do so, a free kick will be awarded to the other team.
Auburn (27-9) knocked the ball out of bounds on the rebound and New Mexico State had one more good look, but Trevelin Queen's 3 at the buzzer was an air ball.
TNT had a chance to take the lead after Balkman's free throws but Terrence Romeo blundered his jumper and shot an air ball with 24.7 seconds left.
The first pick of the 2017 draft shot an air ball, had three shots blocked and artfully attacked the lane, flashing glimpses of what has made him both a mystery project and prominent prospect.
Cressman, who finished with eight points, gave Nashoba the lead for good by scoring after snaring an air ball.