The party is over, now it’s time to get down to business.
After having a well-earned break at the CBA’s All-Star gala on Sunday, the league’s top players have to switch their attention to this year’s playoffs, which are hard to predict.
“The real competition starts from now on and everybody will become serious going into the first game of the postseason. No more fun times from tonight,” Guangdong Southern Tigers forward Yi Jianlian said after winning the All-Star MVP award on Sunday.
The perennial storyline has been who can challenge Guangdong’s dominance, but this year’s postseason boasts an open field with any of the top four teams capable of winning it all through balanced rosters.
“We have to prepare for every opponent. No one will be easy in the playoffs,” said Yi, who returned to the CBA this season after a five-year stint in the NBA.
For Yi and the Tigers, revenge for last year’s Finals loss to the Beijing Ducks would provide a perfect ending, but first they have to survive their first-round clash against the Zhejiang Golden Bulls.