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The NBA listened to Paul Pierce.

The Boston Celtics legend will be one of the eight players to compete in the league's virtual "HORSE Challenge," which begins Sunday night.

The NBA announced the full roster of participants Thursday, and Pierce -- who tweeted he's "in" on the event when it was first reported last Saturday -- will face Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine in the opening round.

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Here are the four first-round matchups, which will air Sunday on ESPN between 7 and 9 p.m. ET:

Group 1
- Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young vs. former Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups
- WNBA legend Tamika Catchings vs. Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley

Group 2
- Pierce vs. LaVine
- Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul vs. Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley

The two Group 1 winners and two Group 2 winners will face off Thursday, April 16, in the semifinal round, with the championship game immediately following.

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Pierce has his work cut out for him with LaVine, one of the most athletic players in the NBA. But the retired Celtics star is a crafty veteran with plenty of tricks up his sleeve -- and LaVine won't be able to use his most lethal weapon.

 

This should be a pretty cool watch, as the eight participants will be filmed putting up trick shots from their isolated home courts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"Players must describe each shot attempt, specifying the type of score they intend to make before taking a shot, such as a bank shot or swish," the NBA said in its release about the tournament.

And yes, dunking is prohibited. So, dust off that Pierce Celtics jersey on Sunday night and revel in a live sporting event, for a change.