Having fallen to the Lions in Hangzhou, the Sharks are back on the bus and headed to Jiangsu province where they can look forward to facing a tricky Dragons, who whilst not boasting a winning record, have a strong overall roster and several canny players.
Mike Harris, a former Shark who is currently a possible starter for the South in the CBA All-Star game, comes into the game in red-hot form. His current figures are very tasty- 27.4/12.9/2.5. These numbers are coming from the fact that he has been given free rein when he has the ball in his hands and accordingly he takes the most shots for Jiangsu. His athleticism and tendency to cause trouble in the paint mark him out as a real problem for the Shanghai.
Garret Siler (17.9ppg) and Yi Li (16.9ppg)- who is enjoying a good come-back year after a poor season last time around- make up the other front court Dragons players who can be expected to loiter in the paint. Experienced guards Meng Da and floor general Hue Xuefeng make up Jiangsu’s starting five and if everyone gets on the court, this is an experienced line-up that would be confident of outsmarting the Sharks’ relatively young team.
A lot depends on whether Gilbert Arenas and Liu Wei are back. Right now, there isn’t news to suggest the duo will indeed be back so it could be a rough night for the Sharks.