CBA Finals, Liaoning vs Beijing.

It’s set to start tomorrow: Liaoning will have home court advantage in the 2-3-2 CBA Finals system and will therefore host Beijing for the first two games of the 2015 CBA grand last round.
Who will emerge as the winner?

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Se son rose…approaching the end of the regular season: Zhou Qi’s draft status, sorting out who will make the playoffs and Liaoning vs Guangdong, where opposite destinies will clash.

Probably the most western of all CBA events, the All-Star Weekend, is now in the books; Beasley dominated the big game with 59 points, Blatche was pretty much the hero of the day with his showmanship, Zou Yuchen used the youngsters game to further established what CBA fans already knew: he’s head and shoulders above any young guy whose name isn’t Zhou Qi. Meanwhile, the lanky 18-year-old big man (who has forfeited the event due to injury, but returned in Xinjiang’ losing effort vs Beijing) is being awarded a far more intriguing honor: his name has entered the 2016 NBA mock draft awarded by the pinnacle of all draft scouts: DraftExpress sees him as a possible 17th pick next year


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CBA Power Rankings, mid-january edition (part 2).

I really hope you noticed the allegory of having happy and winning players/teams being photographed for all the part 1s and frustrated players/coaches beating each other or yelling at refs for part 2s (even though this time I have picked an image coming from a Beijing game, but it was too good to pass up).
Have you?

Ok, I’m sorry, let’s pick up where we left off and go for the bottom half: part 2, mid-january edition, let’s get started!

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CBA Power Rankings/key players, mid-January (part 1).

We’re almost there: 31 games gone, 7 to go as this regular season gradually comes to a close. It’s basically a 9-team affair to reach the postseason. Of these, Liaoning and Guangdong are already in, Qingdao should be ok and Beijing are just a handful of yards away from touchdown. Shanxi and Guangsha need to make sure they keep their fast pace, but they’re in a pretty satisfying place to be. Xinjiang, Jilin and Guangdong are, conversely, in a hot seat.
Just for part 1, today, I will add key players for every of these 9 teams who are still contending for something (be it the title or a postseason berth). It’s not strictly going to be the best player, but the player who really could influence his team’s destinies.

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Se son rose… – Back from holidays: All-Star lineups, musical chairs and Guangdong’s ridiculous streak.

Good to be back after a holiday break (differently from the league, ironically), sad to say goodbye to Jamaal Franklin, big guard who was dominating in Guangsha and is being replaced by Kevin Murphy. Too soon, however, to understand where and how the Lions will differ (or not) with the former Jazz guard, thus my decision to avoid discussing it in this edition of our weekly “se son rose…”.

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Shotsuey!’s guide to (some other) CBA local players, part 2.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading part 1 as much as I enjoyed writing it, Lana Del Rey’s lips incident aside. I’ve been suggested a couple of comparisons (thanks Andrew, thanks Jorge!) in the meantime, and I really encourage everyone (yes, all three of you readers!) to hit me up on my Twitter profilewhere you will find also some brief thoughts and recaps about daily occurrences in the Chinese league. That said, let’s cover 4 more players you’ll find in the league!

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