Last time the two teams met, Marcus Haislip looked like the second coming of Larry Bird and Lester Hudson was an ongoing problem from the perimeter. Things will be a little different this time around but the Leopards, who look play-off bound yet again, will still be a very formidable proposition.
Haislip (28.2/6.1) is still in excellent form and remains a dark horse to sneak into the CBA All-Star team for the South. He is shooting a sensational 65.2% from three point range (going 73-112 in 21 games) and can also get it done down low as well. Hudson, out for the season with a thumb injury has been replaced by Blake Ahern (25ppg), who appears to be a similar kind of high volume shooter as the man he has replaced.
The Chinese roster is also very handy for a CBA team. Qiu Biao is a veteran forward who can get it done on both ends of the court whilst the Leopards have a sizable pack of hungry, talented young players to throw on the floor led by the talented Li Muhao at center.
All in all, this is a very tricky match-up for Shanghai, who only have four home games left in the season and will want to finish things with a bang.