On January 2, Beijing time, the 17th round of the CBA regular season in the 2021-2022 season, the New Year’s battle ushered in the focus of the game, the Shanxi Men’s Basketball Team played against the Beijing Men’s Basketball Team in the first round of this season. Shanxi Men’s Basketball Team played 27 minutes off the bench, making 3 of 7 shots, including 1 of 2 three-pointers, 7 of 8 free throws, 14 points and 2 rebounds, helping Shanxi Men’s Basketball team to win the Beijing Men’s Basketball team 118-112. , Hao to take 6 consecutive victories and get a good start for the New Year in 2022.
This season, Zhang Ning played in all 16 games. He contributed 12.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28.9 minutes of playing time. He made 61.1% two-pointers, 35.4% three-pointers and 81.1% free throws. All create personal CBA career highs. Compared with the rookie season’s 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists, Zhang Ning has made rapid progress in his second season of his career. He has made significant improvements in all aspects and has become an indispensable part of the Shanxi team’s lineup, taking on the offense and defense of the second team. With a heavy burden, it helped the Shanxi team to win against Liaoning, Guangdong, Shenzhen and other strong teams this season, ranking 6th in the regular season with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses, becoming the biggest dark horse in this year’s CBA.
In this game, facing the best defensive Beijing team in the league, the Shanxi team was restricted in the opening offense and fell behind by 9 points. Zhang Ning came off the bench in the middle of the first quarter, and the defensive end “saburo-style” close defense, making the Beijing team’s back line very uncomfortable, and the offensive efficiency began to decline. Returning to the offensive end, Zhang Ning’s plug-and-play features were perfectly demonstrated. First, he made a 3-pointer against the block at the left bottom corner, and then directly took the ball from the outside to accelerate and pass the defense into the penalty area, facing the Beijing team. The center forward assisted in the defense, stuck in the air and scored the ball after a tough confrontation! One player scored 5 points in a row from inside and outside, helping Shanxi team to take the lead for the first time.
In the second quarter of the game, the Beijing team blossomed again and took the lead. Zhang Ning continued the excellent state of the first quarter, continuously surpassing the Beijing team and causing damage. He made 6 free throws and almost scored “2+1” on 3 occasions. “. These three kills not only helped the Shanxi team score tightly, but more importantly, they caused the three main players, Fan Ziming, Fang Shuo and Jeremy Lin, to commit a foul each, which is of strategic significance. In the first half of the game, Zhang Ning played 10 minutes and made 2 of 3 shots. Among them, he made all three-pointers and made all 6 free throws. He scored 11 points. The efficiency was extremely high!
In the second half of the game, Zhang Ning made a rotation. As soon as he went on the field, he again forcibly broke through and made free throws, causing Li Muhao’s fourth personal foul. Fortunately, on the defensive end, Zhang Ning predicted to stand on the offensive line in advance, causing the Beijing team to foul offensively. In the final quarter of the decisive game, the Beijing team succeeded in offensive consecutively and took the lead. The Shanxi team once again sent Zhang Ning, hoping to make a contribution on the defensive end. Zhang Ning’s tight defense first caused Liu Xiaoyu to break through and move illegally, and then when the Beijing team played more and less quickly, he actively defended and destroyed the must-go counterattack layup. On the offensive end, Zhang Ning directly broke through after catching the ball from the top of the arc, then moved quickly to double-teams and scored low on the basket! Zhang Ning also relied on his tough defense to win a place to the end of the game, which is enough to show the coaching staff’s trust in him this season. In the end, the Shanxi Men’s Basketball Team narrowly beat the Beijing Men’s Basketball Team 118 to 112, winning 6 consecutive victories and making a good start for the New Year in 2022.
If you use one word to describe Zhang Ning this season, the word “struggle” is the most suitable. Since entering the CBA, Zhang Ning has been burdened with huge doubts. He was even sent down during his rookie season, but now Zhang Ning has obtained stable playing time and is also a key figure on the bench for the Shanxi Men’s Basketball Team. Of his 4.6 rebounds this season, 2.3 are offensive rebounds. The average offensive rebounds per game ranks 20th in the league, which is not easy for a player who is only 1.91 meters tall. In the three games of the second stage, Zhang Ning averaged 3.7 offensive rebounds per game. Domestic top insider Wang Zhelin averaged 3.9 offensive rebounds per game this season, Han Dejun 3.5, Shen Zijie 3.3, Li Muhao and Fan Ziming both had 3.2. In fact, it can highlight Zhang Ning’s hard work. Now that Zhang Ning can obtain stable playing time under Yang Xuezeng’s system is actually the result of his hard work. On the court, Zhang Ning will not give up any chance to fight and defend. On the offensive end, he dares to fight, breaks doubts, and proves that his strength is fully capable of playing CBA!
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