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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Web Chat V: Play-Offs, CBA All-Stars And The Magic Of Marbury

With regular web-chatter, Ned Bothfeld out of the country, Niubball head honcho and all-round Chinese basketball sage, Jon Pastuszek steps in from the cold Chinese winter for a monster discussion on Starbury’s triple-double, who is and isn’t going to be playing in the CBA post season and discussing some memorable matches so far this season. Continue reading “Web Chat V: Play-Offs, CBA All-Stars And The Magic Of Marbury”

The Road To The Play Offs: Shanghai’s Last Ten Games

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”

Shanghai Sharks 66 – Qingdao Eagles 63

The Shanghai Sharks won yet again at home but had to do it the hard way after a disastrous third quarter undid the excellent work of a swashbuckling first half. The scoreline will tell you that the Sharks beat Qingdao Eagles 69-63 but the home side will be kicking themselves after letting the game get so close in the first place. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 66 – Qingdao Eagles 63”

Scouting Report: Qingdao Eagles

The 6-10 Qingdao Eagles are next in line for a visit to the Yuanshen, and the Sharks, who have only lost once at home all season will be well aware that their guests have an awful 1-6 record when they leave their home stadium. Both teams are on a winning streak, but the three-in-a-row Sharks will regard themselves as the favourites against the 13th placed Eagles, who come into this game with recent wins against Shandong and Foshan.

That said, the Eagles will return to Shanghai still boasting the formidable Lester Hudson, currently averaging 34.2 ppg and 5.9 apg in the CBA. Hudson was the key to beating the Sharks last time around and he will need to be watched carefully in the latest engagement. The arrival of the much traveled center Olumide Oyedeji will also be cause for concern. The Nigerian, who has had previous spells with Beijing, Lioaning and Shanxi over a three year spell in the CBA is averaging 15 rebounds a game since he returned to China having previously been playing for Changwon LG Sakers in the Korea’s KBL. Qindao’s tricky forward, Li Gen can also cause mischief if not watched closely.

The Sharks will obviously need to be weary of Hudson, who has put up big scores against a number of teams this season, but as their record shows, Qingdao do not have a tremendous amount of back up for their American forward.If Hudson can be kept under control by a Shanghai defence that is the best in the league, the Sharks should be able to deal with the Eagles. That said, the Sharks squad, weakened by flu when they played Tianjin Lions, can expect a stronger test against Qingdao and will need to get start the game with momentum lest a Hudson-inspired offense takes control of another game that Shanghai need to win.