Jimmer Fredette has made a major splash in China as a member of the Shanghai Sharks, carrying them to a 30-win season and one of the top seeds in the CBA playoffs. He has been one of the league’s top scorers and a fan favorite ever since stepping on the floor.
As he heads into his first playoffs in China, here are six things you need to know about Fredette, the Sharks and the CBA.
• 1. There are three rounds for the eight-team playoffs and each round has a different format. The first round is a best-of-five series with the lower seeded team hosting the first game. The higher ranked team then gets two games at home before trading off games four and five if necessary.
The second round is the same as the old NBA Finals format with the higher seeded team hosting the first two games followed by three games on the road. Game six and seven would be back on the higher seeded team’s home floor if needed.
The finals use the most often used format of 2-2-1-1-1 with the better ranked team getting games one, two, five and seven at home.
• 2. The Sharks earned the No. 3 seed and will play the No. 6 ranked Shenzhen Leopards, who finished the season with a record of 26-12. The two teams split a pair of games earlier in the season as the Sharks won 112-108 in November while the Leopards took home a 103-101 decision in January.
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