The visit of the Foshan Dralions on Wednesday is a chance for the Sharks to get their revenge against the side that defeated them back in November thanks to an improbably brilliant performance from Gerald Green. The former Boston guard dragged his side back from the brink of defeat with an electrifying performance of booming dunks and big threes in a game that began Shanghai’s early season slide into the bottom of the table. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Foshan Dralions”
We came, we saw, we lost. Again.
Once more did the Sharks hustle, fight and play good defence but once again, they found themselves on the losing side and now have a 0-3 record for their troubles.
Gerald Green, the source of more than one jib by yours truly due to the bizarre focus he receives via winning a novelty competition almost five years ago, came good in this one. The forward handled his business on the court like a real All-Star and ultimately was the deciding factor in Foshan, dropping 41 points in a swaggering, all-action display.
Indeed, there really wasn’t too much between the teams for the first three-quarters and accurate shooting from both sides meant that neithier team could pull away.
Enter the fourth quarter and things got interesting. Shanghai, having built up a lead, lost it, slowly and agonizingly as Green and his cohorts ate away at the deficit the Sharks had put together. With a little under three minutes left, Green nailed a booming dunk and the roar from the crowd exploded. It was on. Shanghai knew it and wilted under the pressure. A long range shot from downtown by Green was enough to do it and the Sharks drifted off into another frustrating defeat.
Panaggio looked pissed. Liu Wei looked crest-fallen. It was a tough reminder that only the full-time score counts and yet again, the Sharks found themselves dashed at the end. Liu made 30 points, Mike Harris got 18, whilst Ryan Kelly and Peng Fei looked lively and full of zip. However, the only stat that people will care about is 0-3. Shanghai have shown they can win. Now they need to do it.
Shanghai’s final road trip for now takes them to the Foshan Dralions, whose savvy marketing team clearly decided that being just one intimidating creature wasn’t good enough and threw and extra beast of slaughter into their name for good measure.
Under the threat of being blacklisted from Chinese basketball, I am obliged to point out that Foshan’s Gerald Green won the NBA dunk content in 2007. There, I said it, now I can move onto to describing the other players on the Dralion’s roster that could cause problems. Oh, wait….
It’s entirely possible that the Sharks could lose to Foshan, they did the previous season as the two sides each took a victory against the other last year but this is a game that Shanghai will look at as a game to redeem some momentum after two painful losses.
Some points from Tseng Wen-ting would be marvelous but this is all about getting the win against another team with the same record and slightly weaker squad than Shanghai. Mike Harris and Zhang Zhoaxu have had strong games of late and will hopefully continue their momentum into the Foshan game.
Alarm bells won’t ring if the Sharks return to Shanghai at 0-3 but equally it won’t be the best of starts to a season, even before one considers that the first home game is live on CCTV5 against Wilson Chandler and Guangsha Lions.