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Vines From China: Blatche and Crawford Defeat a Panda’s Friend

Updated: November 3, 2014

[The face one makes when they find themselves watching Jordan Crawford and Andray Blatche play professional basketball in China before 8 am on a Sunday morning.]

[The face one makes when they find themselves watching Jordan Crawford and Andray Blatche play professional basketball in China before 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning.]

You haven’t lived until you’ve watched Chinese Basketball Association basketball featuring Andray Blatche and Jordan Crawford over the Internet before 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Breathe deep, you can almost feel the pixels on the inhale like tiny shards of glass. Too tiny to even feel, but they will surely affect you down the line.

Anyhow. It’s true. Blatche and Crawford have teamed up in China, and the season opener for their team (the Xinjiang Flying Tigers) on Nov. 2 came against the team of “Panda Friend” aka Metta World Peace (the Sichuan Blue Whales). Perfect. Imagine how surreal it is being those dudes.

My personal viewing pleasure started toward the end of the third quarter. I was put onto the ability to watch online via by Twitter user Enea Trapani (@ETSportando). The site seems legit in terms of its connection to televised broadcasts of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), but surely the Chinese government now has all of my info, anyway. Games in the future should be available for free streaming—in case you want to watch Blatche or Crawford or Stephon Marbury or Yi Jianlian.

The two teams were tied after three quarters, 76 all. The Flying Tigers won the fourth quarter, 33-25, and the game, 109-101. Blatche led the way with 31 points, Crawford scored 22. When I watched, the game play was dominated by import usage rates, including Blatche, Crawford, the artist formerly known as Ron Artest, and Michael Efevberha, a Nigerian-American on Artest’s team who played college basketball at UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge in the mid-2000s.

The imports to the CBA seemed to be either always shooting shots, or free throws. Although Blatche and Crawford each went to the line just five times—Blatche made five and Crawford four, Artest and Efevberha went 4-for-9 and 10-for-10 from the free throw line respectively.

The imports alternated time on the court down the stretch, as CBA rules predicate that imports can only share time on the court for two out of the first three quarters and they cannot share the court at all during the fourth quarter. So Blatche would enter the game with his team holding a 96-91 lead with just over five minutes left. Metta World Peace immediately poked the ball away from him and a teammate on the Blue Whales went the other way for a dunk. It was so Blatche. Crawford would later check in for Blatche to hit some clutch shots down the stretch (including a running fader to put his team up six with 45 seconds left). Crawford even managed to throw an alley-oop to a non-import teammate.

World Peace and Captain Dray had their battles. Metta hit a 3 in Blatche’s face to get his team within 97-96 late in the game, but then Blatche’s teammates hit back-t0-back 3s to extend their lead to seven, 103-96. Who else is going to shoot in China? Why, Jordan Crawford of course, rising from the ashes for jumpers like a phoenix that is still buried under a pro basketball court thousands of miles away. He later closed out the game give his Flying Tigers a 1-0 start to the new CBA season. The 38-game schedule is set to conclude at the beginning of February (when some of these guys will be scrounging and begging for contracts back in the U.S.). The Flying Tigers next play the Chongqing Fly Dragons on Nov. 5, a team that features Josh Harrellson, former NBAer and teammate of John Wall’s at Kentucky, and Willie D. Warren, a one-time NBAer who played college ball at Oklahoma.

Until then, godspeed, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Blatche, and even Mr. Peace … you titans of basketball ambassadorship, you globe-trotters of twine and buckets.

Preview for the Big Game.

[Blatche and Crawford are smiling and laughing all the way to the bank.]

[Blatche and Crawford are smiling and laughing all the way to the bank.]

End Vines.


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Kyle Weidie
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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.