In the regular season, Marco Polo of Shenzhen has 15 wins and 8 losses at home and 18 wins and 5 losses away, ranking fourth in the regular season with 33 wins and 13 losses. This is also the best regular season ranking of Marco Polo in Shenzhen in the past five seasons. During the regular season, Marco Polo in Shenzhen averaged 113.3 points, ranking third in the league.
In the playoffs, Marco Polo of Shenzhen defeated Shougang of Beijing in the quarter-finals, then defeated Dongguan Bank of Guangdong in the semi-finals, and finally ranked fourth in the league. Compared with last season, Marco Polo of Shenzhen was defeated by Guangxia Holdings of Zhejiang Province in the quarter-finals, and finally ranked eighth in the league. This season has made remarkable progress.
Lineup: Local players are maturing
The main rotation players of Marco Polo in Shenzhen this season are all local players trained by the team for many years. The star Gu Quan has played for the team for nine seasons, averaging 14.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He is the highest scoring local player in the team. Starting center Li Muhao has played for the team for 10 seasons, averaging 10.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Young players such as Yu Dehao and Shen Zijie also performed well. Yu Dehao can contribute 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Shen Zijie can get 11.7 points and 7.2 rebounds. There is also the return of Hershenin, who can contribute an average of 9.0 points per game. In the first half of the semi-final, Hershenin scored a career-high 30 points.
Foreign aid: double small foreign firepower fierce
At the beginning of the season, Marco Polo in Shenzhen allocated foreign aid to center Salinger and guard Burton. After Salinger was injured, the team replaced Salinger with defender Baker in the regular season. During the regular season, Burton averaged 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists, with a three-point shooting rate of 45%. Bakers averaged 20.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.4 steals in the regular season.
Before the playoffs, Marco Polo in Shenzhen replaced Bakers with Quincy-Ashy. After the first defeat in the playoffs, he immediately changed back to Bakers and maintained the double small outside lineup unchanged.
Miracle: 0-2 backwardness upside down
In the quarterfinals of the playoffs, Marco Polo of Shenzhen did not compete in the first two home games with 96-106 and 88-104, respectively. He was 0-2 behind by a big score. Then Marco Polo of Shenzhen won two away games in a row and drew the score to 2-2. In the third game of the series, Marco Polo of Shenzhen played his own interior advantage and grabbed nine more rebounds than the other side. In the fourth match, Marco Polo in Shenzhen increased his defensive intensity and limited the percentage of three-point shooting to 12.5%.
In the history of CBA league, no team has ever been able to turn the tables when they are 0-2 down. But in the fifth match, Marco Polo of Shenzhen made a big comeback by winning 118-107 and reaching the semi-finals with a big score of 3-2. Marco Polo in Shenzhen has become the first team in CBA playoff history to win in a 0-2 backward situation.
Source: CBA League Responsible Editor: Marbil NS4800