The final visitors to the Yuanshen for the 2011/12 CBA season are the fallen giants from Nanjing, the Jiangsu Dragons (7-22), who have lost their way this year after almost a decade of regularly qualifying for the playoffs and will go into this fixture with a six game losing streak to their name and fighting to avoid finishing bottom of the table with three games left in the regular season.
Jackson Vroman (25.5ppg, 11.9rpg) will be the focal point of the Dragons’ attack and the all-action Lebanese-American is an experienced customer in the CBA, having played his part in Dongguan’s run to the CBA playoffs last season. Yi Li (16.6 ppg), is also capable of causing mischief whilst the venerable point guard, Hu Xuefeng, will want to make a point against his old team-mate from the national team, Liu Wei.
That said, this is one of the easiest and briefest pieces I’m going to write all season for obvious reasons. Basically, the Sharks have to win against the Dragons to keep up their playoff chase, but more than that, the Sharks should win because Jiangsu are terrible right now and an 0-15 away record says it all. If Shanghai can’t dispose of their guests tonight then they have no business being in the postseason anyway.