Having fallen to the Jilin Tigers, Shanghai are now due a visit to Benxi to take on the formidable Liaoning Jaguars. The hosts, loaded as they are with good local players, will probably be one of the Sharks’ most difficult road games this season. Moreover, with Gilbert Arenas and Liu Wei still in either the US or Shanghai recovering from injuries, things are going to be even tougher.
Frankly speaking, the Jaguars have a huge arsenal of talent even without starting center Han Dejun, who appears to be done for the season with a wrist injury. Josh Akognon is having an incredible year so far and is currently averaging 30.9ppg. Ouch.
Alongside Akognon in the backcourt, Guo Ailun, is probably one of Liu’s longterm replacements for the national time and the crafty point guard is going to be a real test for Ge Yong, who will be playing in the absence of the Sharks’ captain.
To get an idea of the potency that Liaoning have, just look at their 2012/13 stats. They are terrifying and the Sharks are going to have a real problem staying afloat in this game given that they only have one fit foreigner and have only won once on the road this season. Tough times beckon for Shanghai on Tuesday.