Scouting Report: Guangsha Lions

The visit of the Guangsha Lions is next on the calendar for the Sharks and with it comes the appearance of two of the CBA’s premier overseas players. Indeed, regardless of who wins, Sunday’s game at the Yuanshen will be well worth the price of admission for the star power alone. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Guangsha Lions”

CBA Web Chat V: End Of Season Review

With Beijing’s Game 5 win to seal the title, the CBA is done for until October. To discuss an action packed season of Chinese basketball, its Niubball’s Jon Pastuzek and Edward Bothfeld swing by to pass judgement on the good, the bad and the ugly of what may well have been the most memorable few months in the league’s history. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat V: End Of Season Review”

CBA Web Chat IV: The Continuing Misadventures of Wilson Chandler And Foreign Coaches In The CBA

Although both Shanghai and Guangsha are done for the season, Niubball’s Edward Bothfeld swings by once again to talk Chinese hoops. Easing into a long off season,  now its a case of speculating on what could happen in the next few days between Shanxi and Beijing, what could have been in Hangzhou and what it takes to stride the touch line in the CBA.  Continue reading “CBA Web Chat IV: The Continuing Misadventures of Wilson Chandler And Foreign Coaches In The CBA”

Web Chat VIII: CBA Playoffs And More Wilson Chandler Shenanigans

After a brief break to take in the madness of the CBA postseason, Edward Bothfeld is back to survey the wreckage of Fujian and Guangsha’s seasons now that they have been knocked out of the playoffs, as well as giving his thoughts on Wilson Chandler’s acrimonious departure from Hangzhou. Continue reading “Web Chat VIII: CBA Playoffs And More Wilson Chandler Shenanigans”

CBA Postseason: Bumper Prediction Special (Edited Second Version)

With the CBA playoffs about to start on Wednesday, the Shanghai Daily’s Alex Linder (who went 10-10 the last time he was speculating on the Sharks’ fortunes) and Niubball’s Edward Bothfeld throw down their predictions for what should be an exciting and pretty unpredictable  set of quarter-final ties.

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CBA Web Chat VII: Guangsha’s Woes, Looming NBA Paydays And The Best Basketball Jerseys In China

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”

CBA Web Chat VI: Shanghai, Guangsha In Trouble, Xinjiang Heating Up And Zaid Abbas Mouthing Off

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.

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CBA Web Chat III: Guangsha/Shanghai, more upheaval in Urumqi and the CBA’s hottest cheerleaders

With the CBA about to plunge into the last ten games of the regular season, its time for another chat on the big issues of the day, and failing that, another chance to speculate at just how bonkers playing for the Xinjiang Tigers must be.

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Guangsha Lions 88 – Shanghai Sharks 94; A Second Perspective

Niubball man, Edward Bothfeld is back, this time with a look at the Sharks’ unlikely victory over Guangsha from a Lions fan’s perspective

The Guangsha Lions entered Sunday’s match-up against Shanghai in a rut. They had lost two of their last three with their lone victory coming on a buzzer beater. One more loss and their recent play would send the Guangsha loyals into a full-fledged panic. Shanghai, on the other hand, is in a transition period. After losing Ryan Forehan-Kelly to a season-ending Achilles injury last week, newly signed Marcus Landry would be making his debut.

Prior to the game, he certainly seemed like he just got off the plane, “I have only been here for two days. I’m looking forward to gelling into the system. I’m not sure yet if I’m starting, we’ll find out.”

Marcus Landry did start the game and helped Shanghai get out to a quick 13-2 lead. Guangsha was unable to get into an offensive rhythm early and Wilson Chandler managed only 3 first-quarter points. Coach Jim Cleamons subbed P.J. Ramos in for him with three minutes remaining (he usually waits until the quarter) in the hopes he would provide a spark. Instead, he committed turnovers on his first two possessions and the quarter ended with Shanghai leading 25-12.

Guangsha regained their sense of urgency in the second quarter behind the shooting of Jin Lipeng and energy of Lin Chih-Chieh. However, Shanghai countered with Mike Harris, who put his mid-range game on display while scoring 12 first-half points. Chandler returned for the final three minutes of the half and dished out a few assists, but Guangsha still entered half time down 40-49.

Shanghai remained the aggressor to start the second half; forcing Guangsha to commit a shot clock violation followed by a turnover on their first two possessions and scoring 7 unanswered to extend their lead to 16. Shanghai maintained their double-digit lead for the remainder of the third.

Down 16 early in the fourth and obviously frustrated, Chandler and Ramos implored their teammates to trust themselves and shoot the ball during a timeout. Guangsha’s Chinese players sometimes get in the habit of standing and watching Chandler and Ramos do all of the heavy lifting – especially when they are behind. It was too little too late; Chandler and Ramos mounted a comeback attempt on their own. After hitting a deep three, Chandler became fired up, pounding his chest and shouting. He hit another three on the next possession that brought the crowd alive and closed the gap to 72-82.

After another Chandler three (he was 4-7 from downtown on the night), the score was 82-86. But every time Guangsha got within striking distance, Mike Harris and Marcus Landry seemed to have an answer, repeatedly making crowd-silencing shots. Ultimately, Shanghai held their composure and earned a big road victory, 97-88.

After the game Shanghai’s coach praised his team, “a great win for us. I thought we did a great job defensively. I thought we contained Wilson Chandler and we played good team defense on Ramos. I told the guys before the game one might expect a letdown after a long home stand, but it was anything but that.”

Chandler led Guangsha with 23 points on only 8 of 23 shooting. Mike Harris finished with 29 points 9 rebounds, and 5 steals, while his new teammate Marcus Landry completed his debut with 12 points on 4 of 14 shooting.

“His shots will start falling when he gets more comfortable where and when he is going to get his shots,” said Sharks coach, Daniel Panaggio.

Cleamons acknowledged his team’s struggles. “The cycle we are going through now where teams are figuring out how to defend us. We’re not playing that badly, but we have to step our game up to the next level. If we don’t make the extra pass, we will continue to struggle.”

Shanghai will continue their road-trip and play Jilin on Wednesday, while Guangsha will have time to lick their wounds and make things right during a Round 23 bye.