heat check (heet chek) noun. An occasion on which a basketball player takes a questionable (i.e., bad) shot in order to determine how "hot" he is, usually after hitting several shots in a row.
Usage example: After hitting on his last six shots, Paul Pierce did a heat check by launching an off-balance 25-footer with a defender in his face.
Word Trivia: I can sort of accept it when a superstar does a heat check. I mean, guys like Lebron James and Paul Pierce dominate their team's offense and are very likely to get on a roll. But everybody and his brother does a heat check these days. Some players (::coughDamonJonescough::) will hit exactly one shot in a row and then do a heat check on their very next offensive possession. Look people: hitting one shot does not mean you're hot. Even when you think you're the best shooter in the world.I found this during an image search for "heat check,"and, frankly, it was too laughable not to include.