By: Jay Yeomans
Published: March 5, 2019
It has been a busy week for Jimmer Fredette and the Shanghai Sharks since returning from a two-week break for the World Cup qualifying window. The Sharks have played three games in five days, and are in the middle of a heated playoff race that has them sitting in 13th place in a league where the top 12 teams move on to the postseason.
Here is a recap of all of the games that Fredette has played since returning from the extended break.
Fredette shot the lights out from distance, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Sharks got dismantled by the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, 131-101.
In the 30-point loss, the former BYU star managed a team-high 34 points on the strength of 5-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc and a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line. He added three rebounds and a steal in 37 minutes of work.
With the loss, the Sharks dropped to 20-21 and a game back for the final playoff spot.
While the game was much closer, the result for the Sharks was the same as they dropped a 110-104 decision to the Nanjing Tongxi Monkey Kings on Sunday.
Fredette had another impressive shooting performance from the outside in the loss, connecting on 7-of-14 from beyond the arc while finishing with a team-best 36 points. He also chipped in with eight assists, three rebounds and two steals, but the Sharks couldn’t slow down former Oregon guard, Joe Young, who managed 39 points and 10 assists.
The Sharks finally found their footing with a return to the home floor, and came away with the much-needed 114-105 win over the Guangzhou Long Lions on Tuesday.
Despite an off shooting night in the heated contest, Fredette delivered a massive double-double with 30 points and 11 rebounds (two on the offensive end), to go along with a team-high seven assists in 44 minutes on the floor.
With the win, the Sharks snapped a three-game losing streak and moved to within a half game of the Jiangsu Dragons for the final playoff spot with just three games to play. Three other teams are also within striking distance, sitting just one game ahead of the Sharks with identical 22-21 records.
Through 40 games, Fredette is second in the CBA in scoring, averaging 37.3 points a night on 53 percent shooting from inside the arc, 42 percent from 3-point land and 92 percent from the free-throw line. He also chips in with 5.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.7 steals in 40.3 minutes on the court.
Fredette and the Sharks will be back on the floor on Thursday with a massive home matchup against the 31-12 Shenzhen Leopards.
The Leopards are led by the dynamic guard tandem of Kenny Boynton and Dwight Buycks. Boynton has been an efficient scoring weapon all season long, averaging 25.2 points a night while adding 4.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds.
As for Buycks, he has put up some very solid numbers since replacing an injured Jared Sullinger in the lineup. through 28 games, he is putting up 20.4 points to go along with 5.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 33.1 minutes.