The second semifinal features the big surprise from the regular season in Hamed Haddadi’s Qingdao Eagles facing the dominant (but a bit sleepwalking late in the 38-game tournament) Liaoning Dinosaurs.
Due to personal reasons and blogging issues, I’ve had to refrain from posting on this blog for a while. In the meantime, a post I meant to publish a week ago didn’t make its way to the internet for unknown reasons, which is why you’ll see a quite old edition of “Se son rose…” published just now. You know, s**t happens and I have to deal with it, alas.
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.
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…”.
We’ve finally turned the page. The first half of this regular season is in the books and some sentences have already been handed out. There basically is a chunk of 8 teams far behind, among which some have already given up. That, in itself, probably isn’t a surprise, as isn’t unheard of to see so many import changes. Most of those newcomers, however, aren’t competing for a playoff spot; how much personal success will be a priority in their half-season in the CBA?
I’ll admit it: these rankings might help you readers just as much as they help me as a fan an sort-of-an-analyst. Really helps me keep track of how momentums shift from team to team. Last week I talked about a growing rift between top and bottom teams, and while this rift keeps growing when it comes to top-6 and bottom-6 squads (and, noticeably, between Liaoning and
the rest of the league) it’s not necessarily the case for middle-of-the-pack sides.
3 little treats for you readers in this edition of “Se son rose…”.
This might not be an extra-verbose edition of my power rankings. I’ve just watched Fujian lose to a Beasley-less Shanghai side that didn’t exactly work its tail off to win, and really the Sturgeons’ pessimist attitude left me speechless.
Brief (hopefully) edition of “Se son rose…”, where I’m gonna elaborate on whatever caught my attention every week while watching some old good Chinese ball. Today I have to go with MVP talks first, because apparently I’m the only one thinking it’s not too early. Hey, we’ve seen almost a third of the whole regular season already, time to dig up some predictions!
But there’s more to add: Wang Zhelin playing for a horrible team, how 4th quarter rules have changed the perception of how you should pick your two imports and the resurgence of Guo Ailun.
Zhou Qi has literally eaten alive Guangdong today, while Blatche has killed from deep en route to a commanding 17-point win in Urumqi. But is this enough to award the Mongolians a place right at the top of it all?