CBA Web Chat: McGrady’s One-Man Show, Super Shandong And The Tragic Case Of Congo Cash

With the CBA season now underway, its time to once again acknowledge the good, the bad and the ugly moments of Chinese basketball with Niubball head honcho Jon Pastuzek.  Topics for discussion this time include Qingdao’s widely anticipated poor form, Tianjin’s entirely unexpected winning record and some lengthy talk about the Shanghai Sharks. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat: McGrady’s One-Man Show, Super Shandong And The Tragic Case Of Congo Cash”

Web Chat IV: Guangsha/Shanghai In Trouble, Play Off Speculation And The Mad, Bad World Of JR Smith

With the Chinese New Year about to start, its time to talk losing streaks, play off places, JR Smith and hometown bad ass players in another installment of the CBA Web Chat. Continue reading “Web Chat IV: Guangsha/Shanghai In Trouble, Play Off Speculation And The Mad, Bad World Of JR Smith”

Shandong Lions 98 – Shanghai Sharks 95

Another road game, another hard defeat, another ‘what-might-been?’ result, another missed opportunity for some much-needed positivity . Shanghai Sharks fell to  their second successive defeat in a game which had flashes of hope before being ultimately quashed in the cruelest of fashions.

Mike Harris was dynamite, dialing up thirty-nine points and eighteen rebounds in a huge performance whilst around him, four other teammates also scored double digits. Make no mistake, Shanghai can do some damage but for all their fire power, need to realise that there is no glory in coming out swinging if you still get carried off on a stretcher at the end of the fight. Continue reading “Shandong Lions 98 – Shanghai Sharks 95”

Scouting Notes: Shandong Lions

After the last gasp defeat on Sunday night, Shanghai Sharks will face off again Rastafarian favourite, Shandong Kingston Golden Lions in Jinan.

The Lions, who saw through the hype of Gerald Green to put Foshan Dralions to the sword in their previous game, will be looking to improve on last season where they ultimately finished 14-18. Shandong’s overseas imports are both under-the-radar journeymen, Alan Anderson and the gloriously named Othello Hunter, but had enough about them to led their team to a decisive victory on the road. Hunter was particularly impressive, making twenty-one rebounds against the Lions.

From a Chinese perspective, Sun Jie and Sui Ran also played their part in the win at Foshan and Shandong’s stats from Sunday underline a team that have multiple outlets to keep the scoreboard ticking along.

The sides shared won a game each in their two meetings from the 2010-2011 season, with the two teams scoring over a hundred points each on both occasions. The Sharks will go into this game looking to exorcise the ghosts from Sunday’s loss but having relied so heavily on its more experienced players to get them back in that game, will need its younger players like Peng Fei to step up against a potentially versatile outfit.

Shanghai will go into this as a slight underdog but can’t afford to be too negative. There will be much more difficult roadtrips than Qingdao, Shandong and the forthcoming Foshan game and Coach Panaggio will be lighting fires under his players after an error-strewn loss to ensure that his players cut out the mistakes and step up with a moral boosting win. Its up for grabs but it all comes down to how the locker room has collected itself….

CBA Round Up: Round 1

Shangdong Lions:93 – Foshan Dralions 79

Gerald Green scored 18 points in a losing effort as his Foshan Dralions lost at home to Shandong 93-79. The former Boston Celtic made  was 3/6 from field goals and 3/9 at three-point attempt, also dished out two assists, but crucially failed to dunk at all, presumably to the absolute horror of every Chinese basketball media outlet who have been contractually obliged to remind readers that he won the 2007 Slam Dunk contest at every chance they get.

Swingman Alan Anderson also put up 18 points for Shandong as well as six rebounds and three assists as the former Michigan State player helped the Jinan outfit dispatch their hosts. Sun Jie also made 14 points including four from downtown, whilst Sui Ran made (12 points), Li Lin (11 points) and Othello Hunter (11) also joined made it into double digits. Hunter was generally large and in charge throughout, as the former Ohio State power forward helped himself to 21 rebounds over the course of the game.

Guangsha Lions: 115 – Tianjin Golden Lions:113

Wilson Chandler exploded onto the CBA with an imperious 43 points, 22 rebounds and four assists in a fifty minute spell that will confirm his status as the unofficial king of Hangzhou. A high scoring affair throughout, Guangsha seemed content to sit back and let their marque name do his thing and the former Denver Nugget did just that, making 18-of-32 field goals including two powerful dunks. Tianjin’s Zhang Nan tried to keep pace with the American but tonight was Chandler’s show and a A-list performance from Guangsha forward sealed the deal for his side and helped his side see off an unexpectedly plucky opposition. Continue reading “CBA Round Up: Round 1”