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<  Yao on the court, and his most recent game  ~  Yao Ming Will Fully Own Shanghai Sharks !!!

PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:16 pm
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Yao Ming showed up tonight (February 24) in Pudong Yuanshen Stadium to cheer and rave support for his team Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks versus Jiangsu Nangang Dragons in a top-of-the-table clash.

Jiangsu Nangang Dragons was ranked 4th above Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks with 18W 5L. They beat Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks earlier in the season on their home court by 3 points.

If Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks beat them with more than 3 points, they will edge Jiangsu Nangang Dragons and rise to #4, and will very likely obtain home court advantage in the playoff.


And Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks did not disappoint their boss Yao Ming and the home court fans, but with a scare.

They eventually beat Jiangsu Nangang Dragons in a nail-biting over time, 125 ~ 121.


The game was a closely contested affair, with the 2 teams exchanging leads and only marginally separated by 2 to 5 points throughout the game. Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks was behind with 5 points with 2 minutes left in regulation, but relying on a 3-point play from Garret Siler and 5 points from John Lucas III (1 3-pointer + 1 fastbreak layup), Shanghai Sharks managed to force the game into over time.

During over time, despite of having Garret Siler and Zaid Abbas fouled out respectively during the early part of over time, the Shanghai team managed to win relying on some clutch 3-pointers and free throws from Liu Wei.

John Lucas III was the hero and top scorer of the team: 42 points (17/29 FG% 5/13 3-pointer% 3/4 FT%)/4 rebounds/3 assists/3 steals; Liu Wei contributed 27 points (7/20 FG% 2/9 3-pointer% 11/11 FT%)/4 rebounds/5 assists/1 steal; Zaid Abbas had a double double: 13 points (6/7 FG% 1/2 FT%)/11 rebounds/3 assists/2 block shots; Garret Siler: 9 points (3/5 FG% 3/4 FT%)/11 rebounds/1 block shot; Wang Yong (12 points) and Wang Ligang (10 points) combined for 22 points.

On Jiangsu side, Donnell Harvey had a monster performance: 44 points (14/19 FG% 4/4 3-pointer% 12/20 FT%)/19 rebounds; The other expat player, Jameel Watkins: 15 points (7/10 FG% 1/5 FT%)/8 rebounds; Yi Li: 22 points (7/15 FG% 4/10 3-pointer% 4/9 FT%)/7 rebounds/4 assists/1 block shot; Hu Xuefeng: 16 points (6/20 FG% 2/7 3-pointer% 2/2 FT%)/6 rebounds/7 assists; Tang Zhengdong had a disappointing outing and was injured in early 3Q; he scored only 7 points (3/9 FG% 0/2 3-pointer% 1/2 FT%)/3 rebounds/1 block shot. Meng Da: 12 points (4/11 FG% 2/8 3-pointer% 2/2 FT%).


Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks improved to 19W 6L, and now ranks 4th above Jiangsu Nangang Dragons.

Both team assured making the playoff right after this game.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:19 pm
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Photos of Big Yao cheering his team on during this nail biting game.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 4:48 pm
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Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks beat Fubong Bayi Rockets 101 to 97 in over time tonight in Ningbo to further consolidate their grip to the #4 position.

The game was a closely contested one, and Fubong Bayi Rockets originally had a chance to wrap up the game in regulation. They were leading 92 ~ 89 with 20 seconds to go. Wang Zhizhi was fouled, but the fully exhausted Wang uncharacterically missed his 2 free throws. Xu Zhonghao grabbed the offensive rebound, was fouled, but he also missed his 2 free throws.

Then in the last 10 seconds, Wang Ligang made a clutch 3-pointer to force the game into over time.

Wang Ligang was the top scorer with 20 points (6/15 FG% 5/13 3-pointer% 3/3 FT%)/7 rebounds; Liu Wei: 18 points (6/23 FG% 0/5 3-pointer% 6/7 FT%)/10 rebounds/6 assists; John Lucas III: 15 points (6/17 FG% 3/10 3-pointer%)/3 rebounds/6 assists; Zaid Abbas: 16 points (8/10 FG% 0/1 FT%)/4 rebounds.

On Fubong Bayi side, Wang Zhizhi gave his all and had a monster 40 points (13/34 FG% 2/8 3-pointer% 12/17 FT%)/18 rebounds/2 assists/2 block shots; Xu Zhonghao: 10 points (3/8 FG% 4/10 FT%)/17 rebounds/1 assists/4 block shots.

As Jiangsu Nangang Dragons lost 2 consecutive games to Fubong Bayi Rockets (on Friday) and tonight to Fujian SBS,
Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks further consolidated its #4 ranking at 20W 6L, while Jiangsu Nangang Dragons is 18W 8L.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:26 pm
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Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks had a scare in Jinjiang of Fujian tonight when they had a 4Q meltdown, and were almost beaten by Fujian SBS.

They were leading from start to finish, despite Fujian SBS had been playing pretty well lately and was on a winning streak of 4.


By end of 3Q, Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks were leading 91 ~ 61.

Head Coach Bob Donewald Jr. must have thought the win was already in the pocket, and instead of sending on their 3 expat players, he just sent on Garret Siler, and rested John Lucas III and Zaid Abbas.

Then in less than 9 minutes, Fujian SBS staged an incrediable comeback. They managed to put together a 35 ~ 5 run to tie the game 96 ~ 96 with 3:30 minutes left.


And then a misfortune hit Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks; Liu Wei twisted his ankle when he atempted a 3-pointer and was thrown off his balance by Chris Porter of Fujian SBS. He got injured and could not continue.

But then relying on toughening up their defense, and Garret Siler and John Lucas III scoring and three throws,
Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks finally managed to keep the Fujian SBS at bay, and won the game 102 ~ 97.

John Lucas III was top scorer with 33 points (12/26 FG% 7/17 3-pointer% 2/2 FT%)/8 rebounds/6 assists/4 steals; Liu Wei: 21 points (9/24 FG% 2/8 3-pointer%1/1 FT%)/10 rebounds/4 assists/3 steals; Zaid Abbas: 20 points (8/11 FG% 4/4 FT%)/11 rebounds/1 assist/3 block shots; Garret Siler: 13 points (6/6 FG% 1/5 FT%)/5 rebounds/1 assist/1 block shot.

On Fujian side: Chris Porter: 27 points (7/15 FG% 3/6 3-pointer% 10/13 FT%)/8 rebounds/1 assist; Sean Williams: 14 points (6/13 FG% 2/3 FT%)/10 rebounds/2 block shots; Gong Songlin: 23 points (9/23 FG% 5/14 3-pointer%)/5 rebounds/2 assists.


Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks improved to 21W 6L, still hanging onto #4 position.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:42 pm
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Stephon Marbury (34 points) and Maurice Taylor (38 points)combined for 72 points, but still could not lead their team Shanxi Zhongyu Fenjiu to win over Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks in Pudong Yuanshen Stadium tonight. And the fans were rewarded with their free pizza as Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks managed to grind out a 120 ~ 112 win in another nail biting 4Q.

The game was a closely contested one. Shanxi led 32 ~ 31 end of 1Q; Shanghai led 61 ~ 49 by half time and 88 ~ 74 by end of 3Q.

But like what happened in the game with Fujian SBS, the Shanghai Sharks just could not put away with the Shanxi team, as Stephon Marbury and Maurice Taylor rained in alot of 3-pointers in 4Q.

But at the end, Garret Siler and John Lucas III saved the day with some sharp shooting and Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks got the last laugh.

Garret Siler was the top scorer with 31 points (12/15 FG% 7/12 FT%)/12 rebounds/2 assists/3 block shots; John Lucas III had 28 points (9/22 FG% 3/7 3-pointer% 7/10 FT%)/8 rebounds/3 assists; Meng Lingyuan who started for Liu Wei who got injured in the game with Fujian SBS, contributed 18 points (7/13 FG% 3/8 3-pointer% 1/3 FT%)/2 rebounds/5 assists; Wang Ligang: 16 points (6/10 FG% 4/8 3-pointer%)/6 rebounds; Wang Yong: 12 points (4/12 FG% 2/6 3-pointer% 2/2 FT%)/7 rebounds/3 assists;

On Shanxi side, Stephon Marbury: 34 points (9/23 FG% 5/10 3-pointer% 11/12 FT%)/8 rebounds/8 assists; Maurice Taylor: 38 points (13/23 FG% 10/16 3-pointer% 2/2 FT%)/11 rebounds; Ba Zhichao: 17 points (6/11 FG% 2/5 3-pointer% 3/4 FT%)/7 rebounds.


Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks improved to 22W 6L, and with 4 games left in the regular season, if they don't lose more than 2 games in the remaining fixtures, they should have a lock in #4 position. But they are still trying to climb to #3 so as to avoid to be in the same zone of Guangdong Hongyuan Dongguan Bank in the playoff. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions is 23W 5L just above them.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:51 pm
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Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks had a relatively easy 115 ~ 101 away win over Qingdao Double Stars Eagles in Qingdao tonight, and established a winning streak of 7, the longest streak they had since Yao Ming had left them in 2002.

The Sharks led from start to finish, always keeping a double-digit lead.

Without Liu Wei still nursing his leg injury, John Lucas III continued to lead this team by scoring 40 points (16/25 FG% 4/4 3-pointer% 4/6 FT%)/11 rebounds/8 assists/4 steals.

Garret Siler: 15 points (7/7 FG% 1/1 FT%)/8 rebounds/1 block shot; Zaid Abbas: 13 points (6/9 FG% 1/2 FT%)/10 rebounds/4 assists/1 block shot.

Their young back-up guard Meng Lingyuan continued to show improved performance by contributing 17 points (7/14 FG% 3/8 3-pointer%)/3 rebounds/3 assists.

On Qingdao side, Zhao Anan was their top scorer with 31 points, hitting 8 3-pointers (11/25 FG% 8/18 3-pointer% 1/2 FT%)/2 rebounds/2 assists; Reggie Okosa: 20 points (7/18 FG% 0/3 3-pointer% 6/6 FT%)/17 rebounds/1 assist/7 steals; the other expat, Chris Williams had a very poor outing: 10 points (4/9 FG% 0/3 3-pointer% 2/2 FT%)/1 rebound/2 assists; their Lebanese player, Sabah Khoury played much better than Chris Williams, contributed 15 points (4/11 FG% 2/6 3-pointer% 5/7 FT%)/6 rebounds/3 assists/3 steals.


Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks improved to 23W 6L, but their hope of catching Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dimmed, as Zhejiang Guangsha Lions upset Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers 100 ~ 86 on their home court, and rose to #2 ahead of Xinjiang Guanghui with both teams locked at 24W 5L.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:36 pm
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With these expat players dominating like crazy and taking up most of the minutes, I am not sure if this is at all good for Chinese basketball in the long run. The idea of having expat players is to raise the level of play and hopefully local players can become better.

When these guys like Marbury and Taylor play one-on-one ball it does nothing to improve Chinese basketball. I don't know what the solution is, there must be a tradeoff somewhere between having guys who can help raise the standard of basketball, but not taking up all the playing time.

Having 3 imports might be too much, perhaps they should cut it down to 2 but give the 2 imports unlimited playing time. That will also save the team money. These guys need to know how to play team ball and defense, at the end of the day.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:05 am
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karamazov wrote:

Having 3 imports might be too much, perhaps they should cut it down to 2 but give the 2 imports unlimited playing time. That will also save the team money. These guys need to know how to play team ball and defense, at the end of the day.


I have to agree with you here. What's the point of having 3 imports and then limiting the number of minutes they can play? Surely just having 2 imports would seem the more logical solution.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:30 am
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Tang Man wrote:
karamazov wrote:

Having 3 imports might be too much, perhaps they should cut it down to 2 but give the 2 imports unlimited playing time. That will also save the team money. These guys need to know how to play team ball and defense, at the end of the day.


I have to agree with you here. What's the point of having 3 imports and then limiting the number of minutes they can play? Surely just having 2 imports would seem the more logical solution.


Probably a business decision. Chinese people have a weird fascination with anything foreign. And having better players would make the games more exciting.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:16 am
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karamazov wrote:

Having 3 imports might be too much, perhaps they should cut it down to 2 but give the 2 imports unlimited playing time. That will also save the team money. These guys need to know how to play team ball and defense, at the end of the day.


Well most of the teams have only 2 expat players. Only the 4 teams that were placed last 4th in previous season were given 1 extra slot for importing an Asian player. Players from Chinese Taipei are considered local players.

Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks was last from bottom and Qingdao Double Star was 15 last year; so both teams were exception, and therefore they both add 1 player from Lebanon.

Beside different from last season, there are restriction to the time that the expat players can play.
Each team can play the expat players 6 times per game; that means the coach had to spread their time, such that either he used up all his quota in 3 quarters by having his expat players all on the court at the same time, or he had to deploy them say 2 in 1Q, 1 in 2Q, 1 in 3Q and then 2 in 4Q. The playing time of the 3rd Asian player is not limited by this rule.

Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks is lucky that they had a very useful Lebanese player in Zaid Abbas. But next year, they could no longer resign him, cos they will no longer be the last 4th placed team, and they can only have 2 expat players.


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