Three years ago, Errick McCollum was playing in the second tier of Israeli basketball. Last night, he scored 82 points against the Guangdong Tigers to break the record for most points in a CBA game (75, set in 2012 by Quincy Douby). That was his fourth game of 50 points or more in thirty-seven games. With one game left in the season, McCollum is averaging 39.6ppg and barring some kind of mathematical improbability, the point guard will also shatter the record for most points in a CBA season of 35.2ppg set by the former Xavier center Anthony Myles in 2006.
The full line-ups for this weekends CBA All-Star game has been announced and the starting line-up has also had to be re-adjusted following withdrawals by Xinjiang’s Mengke Bateer and Zhejiang’s JR Smith. Liaoning Jaguars’ beefcake center, Han Dejun comes in to replace the Xinjiang player whilst Guangdong’s Aaron Brooks will play for the South instead of Smith, who has made it clear that he will be headed back to the NBA immediately now the regular season has ended (and is probably on a plane bound for America as I type this). Continue reading “CBA All-Star Game: Full Line Up Announced- Liu, Zhang Make Reserves”
Fresh from penning a cracking article about Wilson Chandler for Niubball, Edward Bothfeld swings by to talk playoff runs, how to stay true to the CBA but still get paid in the NBA, Guangsha’s malaise, All-Star selections and the best and worst jerseys in the league. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat VII: Guangsha’s Woes, Looming NBA Paydays And The Best Basketball Jerseys In China”
Back from a holiday break, Niubball scribe, Edward Bothfeld, is back to talk all manor of CBA happenings and asses how the Chinese Basketball Association is shaping up in the crucial last couple of weeks before the regular season ends and the madness of playoffs begin.
With regular web-chatter, Ned Bothfeld out of the country, Niubball head honcho and all-round Chinese basketball sage, Jon Pastuszek steps in from the cold Chinese winter for a monster discussion on Starbury’s triple-double, who is and isn’t going to be playing in the CBA post season and discussing some memorable matches so far this season. Continue reading “Web Chat V: Play-Offs, CBA All-Stars And The Magic Of Marbury”
Despite the noise from packed Yuanshen Gymnasium and a frisky first-half performance, the Shanghai Sharks couldn’t pull off an upset victory against the Guangdong Tigers. With Mike Harris out of the line up due to family reasons, the Sharks needed maximum focus from their remaining squad but after a solid start, Shanghai condemned themselves to another defeat after a poor third quarter allowed the Tigers take control before going on to win by the resounding margin of 101-85. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 85 – Guangdong Tigers 101: Singleton Stars As Ruthless Guangdong Rout Sharks”
Uh-oh. The Guangdong Tigers are in town and they sure mean business. The defending champions since the 2007-2008 season (!), are arriving in the Yuanshen on a six game winning streak overall (!), are averaging 103ppg away from home(!) and are on a three game winning streak on the road having put on 41 points in the fourth quarter to dispose of Tianjin in the previous game (!). Continue reading “Scouting Report: Guangdong Tigers”
Guangdong Tigers dismantled their guests with a minimum amount of fuss tonight, calmly fashioning their chances before executing them ruthlessly in an impressive, low-key performance. To add insult to injury, Liu Wei vanished to the sidelines midway through the second quarter and was seen clutching an ice pack on his knee. Fate nor form favored the Sharks who now have slipped to 2-5 with yet another away game, this time against DongGuan Leopards to come on Friday. Continue reading “Guangdong Tigers 95 – Shanghai Sharks 76”
Uh-oh. Having battled their fair share of average to very good teams, now its time for Shanghai to face-off against arguably the league’s premier outfit over the last decade, Guangdong Tigers.
Having been in every CBA final since the 2003-2004 season and winning seven championships along the way, the Tigers have a sustained legacy of success and a big part of this consistency has come through its policy of bringing players up through its junior teams. Indeed, their youth team has won a whopping eleven championships at the junior level, creating a factory line of talent, most notably Washington Wizards swingman, Yi Jianlian. Wang Shipeng, Chen Jianghua, Su Wei, Zhou Peng and Zhu Fangyu are other notable graduates from the Tigers youth system, all of whom are still regulars for Guangdong.
In addition to this, the reigning champions have been savvy recruiters in free agency, adding James Singleton, who last year played for Xinjiang, including against Guangdong in the 2010-2011 CBA finals. Alongside the experienced forward is Aaron Brooks, a former team mate of Mike Harris when both were playing at the Houston Rockets.
All of this does not bode well for the Sharks, even after Yi’s return to a post-lockout NBA. Singleton has got himself a couple of big hauls but the Tigers have a veritable warehouse of attacking options and the Sharks will need to find their defensive knowhow again if they are to deal with the multi pronged offense staring at them from the other side of the court.
There are of course chinks in the armour; Beijing Ducks and Qingdao Eagles have already claimed victories against them, although both sides had to put up over a hundred points in the game to do it. Whether the Sharks are ready to throw themselves into another shoot-out following the energy sapping clash with Liaoning remains to be seen but it will certainly take something special if the Sharks can improve to beat a team aiming to win a fifth successive title on the road.