Greg Oden Injury Woes Continue To Blight Jiangsu

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A quick burst of obvious news from this week; a bear defecated in the woods, the Pope attended Mass and Greg Oden is out with injury. Only one of those stories affects a basketball team in China but the ongoing situation surrounding the former number one draft pick remains potent and could turn ugly at any second. Continue reading “Greg Oden Injury Woes Continue To Blight Jiangsu”

The Silent Battle To Be The Best: Hu Xuefeng, Lv Xiaoming And The CBA Assist Record

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It was his only significant pass of the game but the fourth-quarter dish gave Hu Xuefeng 2,242 career assists and ownership of the league’s all-time record. The Jiangsu Dragons, who were missing Chris Singleton with what has since turned out to be an ACL tear, lost that game, 117-94 to Shandong but the significance of Hu’s achievement still can’t be overlooked.

It was absolutely a special moment but even the circumstances behind Hu’s claiming of the record reflects how unorthodox the Jiangsu player has been over the years. The point guard, who has played for Dragons since 1999, is now also the team’s head coach and supposed to be running things from the bench. Instead, with the team badly weakened by injuries, Hu has played for most of the season and was able to come into Wednesday’s game within touching distance of the assist record he formerly owned but had since lost to Sichuan’s Lv Xiaoming.

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Unmissable: The Eight Sharks Home Games You Need To See This Season

The CBA fixture list has indeed landed and the Sharks 2012/13 schedule is right here and waiting for you.  However, as we wait for the season to really swing into gear, it’s probably worth looking over the games that will be played at the Yuanshen Arena and recommending eight good ones to mark down in your calendar. Continue reading “Unmissable: The Eight Sharks Home Games You Need To See This Season”

Shanghai Sharks 103 – Jiangsu Dragons 83: Playoff Bound Sharks Dismantle Visitors In Swashbuckling Rout

The Shanghai Sharks recovered from a poor first quarter to run riot against a dire Jiangsu Dragons outfit. Mike Harris was dynamite once again and Coach Panaggio will be pleased at the production he got from the bench as the Sharks moved up to fifth in the CBA table. With two games left in the regular season, Shanghai have now earned themselves a playoff spot, although exactly which one it is remains to be seen. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 103 – Jiangsu Dragons 83: Playoff Bound Sharks Dismantle Visitors In Swashbuckling Rout”

Scouting Report: Jiangsu Dragons

The final visitors to the Yuanshen for the 2011/12 CBA season are the fallen giants from Nanjing, the Jiangsu Dragons (7-22), who have lost their way this year after almost a decade of regularly qualifying for the playoffs and will go into this fixture with a six game losing streak to their name and fighting to avoid finishing bottom of the table with three games left in the regular season.  Continue reading “Scouting Report: Jiangsu Dragons”

CBA All-Star Game: Week Five Update

A lot has changed in the All Star voting since the Week Three balloting numbers were reveled. Having been unable to find last week’s numbers anywhere, the current figures from Week Five released by the CBA’s official website make for interesting reading as they revel a surge of voting for the local players. Interestingly, there hasn’t been an increase of votes for either Zhang Zhaoxu or Sharks’/Chinese national team captain,  Liu Wei, although I’m pleased to see Mengke Bateer, who is up there with Tseng Wen-ting as my favourite CBA player, has kept his place.

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Jiangsu Dragons 96 – Shanghai Sharks 98

In further proof that supporting the Shanghai Sharks is bad for your health, the boys from the Yuanshen held on against a frenzied late fight back from the Jiangsu Dragons to record their second away win of the season but more impressively, have now won four out of their last five games. Coach Panaggio will be pleased with how his side kept its cool amidst the ebb and flow of gritty defense and instant fast breaks to ultimately dismantle an underperforming but still dangerous Dragons side. Continue reading “Jiangsu Dragons 96 – Shanghai Sharks 98”

Scouting Notes: Jiangsu Dragons

Having had an extra day to rest following their overtime loss to Zhejiang Bulls, the Shanghai Sharks remain on the road but this time will be playing against the vastly underperforming Jiangsu Dragons.

Though Shanghai are hardly setting the CBA on fire, their mid table target were considerably lower than the Dragons, who had ambitions of making the play-offs once again following a successful 19-12 finish last season. Instead the team from Nanjing find themselves in free fall and currently sit at the bottom of the table with a 3-10 record along with the Tianjin Lions.

This was not part of the plan for a side who were semi-finalists in last year’s tournament. The team have already released one set of overseas players, Marty Collins and  Dan Gadzuric, and retooled their line-up with Marcus Williams and Jackson Vroman, but this has still not helped the situation and the Dragons have lost their last three games.

Shanghai will arrive as guests against a side whose overal record is terrible but do have a 3-5 record when playing infront of their home crowd. That said, the Sharks have won three out of the last four games as well as pushing a championship contender all the way before running out of gas in overtime.

Jiangsu’s yet-to-settle Americans duo of Vroman and Williams will be dangerous, as will the willy trio of Hu Xuefeng, Meng Da and Li Yi but the Sharks must show their ruthless streak against a side that have clearly lost their way so far this season. The Sharks could be considered the favorite for this game and now have to play like it against a disorientated side that are here for the taking