It’s now time for an always feisty showdown between China’s two biggest cities. The trouble is, the Beijing Ducks happen to be the defending CBA champions and are easily among the best teams in the league. Not good timing for an ailing home side methinks.
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. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Liaoning Jaguars (9-6)”
Having had several days rest, the Sharks will be travelling to the far north of the country with the hope of winning only their second road game of the season against a woeful Jilin side that have done little to impress anyone this year. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Jilin Tigers”
Once upon a time, the Bayi Rockets were the unquestioned masters of the Chinese basketball world. The army team have since fallen on hard times after previous seasons of regular finals appearances and now, with the influx of capable overseas imports (Bayi are not allowed non-Chinese players), their recent form has been less glamorous. Last season, the team finished with a 10-22 record, a relative humiliation in their otherwise proud history. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Bayi Rockets (8-4)”
Having shattered their run of defeats on Friday against the Fujian Sturgeons, it’s now time for Shanghai Sharks to hopefully make it two wins on the trot by taking down the visiting Foshan Dralions. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Foshan Dralions (4-7)”
Now back in Shanghai after a tricky two-game road series away in Guangdong province, the Sharks will have three days rest before the Fujian Sturgeons come rolling into the Yuanshen on Friday night. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Fujian Sturgeons (4-5)”
Having already played the first of their two games in Guangdong for this road trip, the Sharks are within sight of a three game home stretch starting on Friday. However, before they can get back to Shanghai, the Sharks will first have to deal with the difficult task of a road game against the Guangdong Tigers. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Guangdong Tigers (7-2)”