Only one quarterfinals series went the distance as the Minnesota Lynx teammates squared off again. Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore both had great games, but Beijing’s more accomplished domestic core helped it to the 80-62 win, setting up a series of great post battles for the rest of the postseason.
February 6, 2016
Beijing vs. Shanxi 80-62 BJ Fowles 30/13r Shao 15/6a/7s SN Moore 33/9r Zhang 12
Beijing wins series 2-1
The playoffs take a long break to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The best of five semifinals will run on the 16th, 18th, 20th, 23rd, and 27th. As lower seeds, Shanghai and Guandong will host Games 1 and 4 while higher seeds Beijing and Xinjiang will hosts the other games.
With the top four seeds advancing and all four of the foreign post players showing what they could do at full strength in the quarterfinals, the rest of the playoffs looks set to be thrilling. With Maya Moore eliminated, a new winner will be crowned. Xinjiang is still the top seed and seems to have adjusted to the playoffs quickly. Tina Charles and company face a tougher than expected test as Candace Parker has stepped in to immediately contribute for Guangdong. Home court advantage could be critical for Beijing as Sylvia Fowles is the best bet of any player to slow down Elizabeth Cambage and Shanghai.