2021-2022 Season First Half Playoffs Race Recap (4-6)
Most fans expected the Braves to reassert their dominance before the season started, but with the competition ramping up the pressure while the team being ravaged by injuries, the defending champs are beginning to see chinks in their armors. However, no opponent is going to overlook the Braves even with the team currently sitting at 6-6; For one, Taipei arguably has the most experience in the league and is the only team with championship pedigree. Not to mention, the team’s 97.33 PPG still leads the league and its diverse attack still packs a mighty punch. Never underestimate the heart of a champion; the Braves are not out of the race until they’re out. The Game 22 comeback win against the fully loaded Kings was a prime example.
The Steelers were the biggest mystery heading into season two. With a newly assembled team that’s led by a first year PLG player in Captain Lu, no one was certain what the on court product would look like. The young team went through a bit of turbulence when the season first started, losing 4 out of 5 five games to kick things off. However, the devil is in the details with this eccentric squad; the team slowly found its footing through close games and eventually closed out on a win streak right before the break. Give credit to the players for absorbing from each loss, but also commend Coach DeMarcus Berry for instilling an identity to this up and coming group; expect the Steelers to keep up its speedy brand of basketball under the leadership of Coach Berry and don’t be surprised if the team comes knocking on the playoffs door.
Closing out at the sixth spot is the Taoyuan Pilots. After making a multitude of reinforcements at the guard spot during the offseason, most people had the Pilots contending for a top seed heading into the year; additions like Hayden Wu and Jun-Xiang Lu were expected to solidify the guard spot while DaYou “Killer” Guan and JinYao Shih continue to build on last season’s excellence. Overall, the team looked primed for a Run n’ Gun play style with its backcourt depth and versatility at the wing, but in reality Taoyuan plays a systematic, slow paced game that aims to create the best shot possible in each possession. The slow start can be attributed to the team still feeling the roster out and early injuries in Lu and Han Huang, but don’t count the Pilots out yet as they’re only 3 games behind the Dreamers; once the Orange and Blue figure it out they will be ready for takeoff.