If there was ever a game that summed up the madness and drama of Chinese basketball, tonight was it. Shanghai got the victory- thanks to the uber-clutch Marcus Landry- but it was painfully close. However, what’s important now is that the boys from the Yuanshen are coming home with an 18-14 record before they return to north China to play the Shanxi Dragons in the first round of the playoffs.
The final game of Shanghai’s regular season takes the Sharks to northern China to take on the Tianjin Lions (10-21). The home side, traditionally an afterthought in the world of Chinese basketball, have shown no signs of improving from previous seasons of mediocrity and are currently third from bottom in the CBA table Continue reading “Scouting Report: Tianjin Lions”
With the Sharks at 12-10 coming into their last ten games, the Shanghai Daily’s basketball writer, Alex Linder, dropped by to bravely speculate on the fortunes of the city’s team as they enter the final-third of the season among the play-off places. The Sharks will be playing seven of the CBA’s top teams (at the time of writing) and so effectively every game is a decisive fixture- not only for Shanghai’s season but also for the other sides in a congested play-off battle. Continue reading “The Road To The Play Offs: Shanghai’s Last Ten Games”