With the CBA set to start on Sunday, November 1st, CBA teams are gearing up for another season of wall-to-wall basketball. Having dealt with the bottom half of the league last week, now its time to look at the teams who will be expected to compete for play-off sports and ultimately vie for the title itself.
The Xinjiang Tigers tore the visiting Shanghai Sharks apart in what resembled less of a basketball game and more of a beat down. James Singleton, now in his fourth year in China and his third with the Tigers, confirmed that he remains one of the best two-way players in the CBA by picking up a haul of 32 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
The Sharks never scored more than eighteen points in a quarter and were relentlessly harried by Xinjiang into committing twenty-five turnovers during the game. Lester Hudson, who has torched the Sharks at least once a season whilst playing for Qingdao and Dongguan also went 29 + 6 with 5 steals. The stocky point guard led the Tigers on a 16 point run during the first half and there was nothing the Sharks could do to stop it.
In their game summaries, Sohu Sport gushed over Xinjang, calling their performance ‘wonderful’ whilst Sina dismissed the Sharks as ‘disinterested’ and the game as ‘a bloodbath’. Their highlights package tellingly stopped showing footage after the second quarter. Uruqi has always been a tough place for the Sharks to play and after a bad day at the office, the visitors will be looking forward to their flight back home to Shanghai.
To some up that performance…ouch.
Last time the two teams met, Marcus Haislip looked like the second coming of Larry Bird and Lester Hudson was an ongoing problem from the perimeter. Things will be a little different this time around but the Leopards, who look play-off bound yet again, will still be a very formidable proposition. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Dongguan Leopards (13-11)”
Despite a number of players turning in solid performances, the Shanghai Sharks once again finished as the losing side, albeit after a memorising game that quickly became a procession of big shots from all ends of the basketball court. Continue reading “Dongguan Leopards 103 – Shanghai Sharks 98: Haislip’s Magic Proves The Difference In Offensive Slugfest”
Having finished a three game run at home, the Sharks hit the road again, this time to Guangdong Province. The first of the two games will be against the Dongguan Leopards, who despite living in the shadow of their neighbours, the Guangdong Tigers, are still a very good team. Continue reading “Scouting Report: Dongguan Leopards (4-4)”
Having gone quiet for too long, the Chinese basketball season is about a month away from starting and in anticipation of this, cash has been flashed and some well-known NBA players will be plying their trade in China this season. Talking it over along with me this time around is Niubball head honcho Jon Pastuzek and a newcomer to the world of Middle Kingdom hoops, Karan Madhok.
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”