Ice Cold

What does ice cold mean in basketball?

Shooting poorly

Ice cold in basketball is when you shoot very poorly, and it feels like none of your shots will go in. It is the opposite of the on fire and "heating up" phrases that describe a player shooting exceptionally well.

You may hear ice cold from game announcers, fans, and players in any type of basketball game, whether organized or pick-up. For example, an NBA announcer may comment, "Irving has gone ice cold, missing his last 11 shots." Or, some angry fans may yell at the TV, "He is ice cold! They need to take him out or tell him to stop shooting."


The whole Clippers team is ice cold tonight
Yeah, they would be trailing by a lot more if not for their rebounding

Going ice cold from downtown

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Updated October 27, 2022

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