1997–98 CBA season

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1997–98 CBA season
League Chinese Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration November 23, 1997 – March 29, 1998
TV partner(s) CCTV-5
Regular Season
Season champions Shandong Flaming Bulls
Season MVP China Gong Xiaobin
Promoted to Second Division Ji'nan Army
Zhejiang Squirrels
Relegated to Second Division Shenyang Army
Sichuan Pandas
Playoffs
Finals
Champions Bayi Rockets
  Runners-up Liaoning Hunters
CBA seasons

The 1997–98 CBA season was the third season of the Chinese Basketball Association.

The season ran from November 23, 1997, to March 29, 1998.

The Ji'nan Army and Zhejiang Squirrels had been relegated to the Second Division after the previous season, but extenuating circumstances earned reprieves for both teams, and the league played with the same 12 clubs for the second straight year.[1][2]

Regular Season Standings[edit]

These are the final standings for the 1997-98 CBA regular season.[2]

# 1997–98 CBA season
Team W L PCT GB Home Road Tiebreaker
1 Shandong Flaming Bulls 19 3 .864 - 11–0 8–3 SD 1-1 (163-149) BY
2 Bayi Rockets 19 3 .864 - 10–1 9–2
3 Liaoning Hunters 17 5 .773 2 10–1 7–4
4 Beijing Ducks 14 8 .636 5 9–2 5–6
5 Jiangsu Dragons 12 10 .545 7 8–3 4–7 JS 1-1 (161-152) SH
6 Shanghai Sharks 12 10 .545 7 6–5 6–5
7 Guangdong Southern Tigers 10 12 .455 9 7–4 3–8
8 Ji'nan Army 9 13 .409 10 7–4 2–9
9 Sichuan Pandas 7 15 .318 12 3–8 4–7
10 Shenyang Army 6 16 .273 13 4–7 2–9
11 Air Force 4 18 .182 15 3–8 1–10
12 Zhejiang Squirrels 3 19 .136 16 2–9 1–10
Key to colors
     Top 8 teams advance to the Playoffs
     Bottom 4 teams advance to the Relegation Round


Playoffs[edit]

The top 8 teams in the regular season advanced to the playoffs.

For the first time, the quarterfinals and semifinals used best-of-three series, to determine the advancing team.

In the best-of-five Finals, the Bayi Rockets defeated the Liaoning Hunters (3-0) to win their third straight CBA championship, remaining unbeaten in their CBA playoffs history.[2]

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in regular season, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. Home court advantage belongs to the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics.

Quarterfinals
Best of 3
Semifinals
Best of 3
Finals
Best of 5
                 
1 Shandong Flaming Bulls 2
5 Jiangsu Dragons 1
1 Shandong Flaming Bulls 0
3 Liaoning Hunters 2
3 Liaoning Hunters 2
7 Guangdong Southern Tigers 1
3 Liaoning Hunters 0
2 Bayi Rockets 3
2 Bayi Rockets 2
8 Ji'nan Army 0
2 Bayi Rockets 2
4 Beijing Ducks 0
4 Beijing Ducks 2
6 Shanghai Sharks 1

Relegations[edit]

The bottom 4 teams played the relegation phase by round-robin.

The Shenyang Army and Sichuan Pandas were relegated to the Second Division.[2]

Team W L PF PA PD
Zhejiang Squirrels 6 0 486 404 +82
Air Force 4 2 437 397 +40
Sichuan Pandas 1 5 431 469 −38
Shenyang Army 1 5 381 465 −84
Key to colors
     Bottom 2 teams relegated to the Second Division
  AF SA SC ZJ
Air Force 69–57 82–57 70–76
Shenyang Army 52–70 100–86 57–82
Sichuan Pandas 66–69 72–65 81–83
Zhejiang Squirrels 89–77 86–50 70–69

CBA Awards[edit]

These are the award winners for the 1997-98 CBA regular season.[2]

All-Star Weekend[edit]

The 1998 CBA All-Star Game was played on April 4, 1998, in Shenyang, Liaoning.

The International All-Stars defeated the Chinese All-Stars 83-80.

James Hodges from the Jiangsu Dragons won the Slam Dunk Contest for the second straight year, and Zhang Jingsong from the Bayi Rockets won the Three-Point Shootout.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 新浪体育 (2005-12-07). "97-98赛季CBA-冠名希尔顿 第一位洋帅名叫霍加德". Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d e 搜狐体育. "Data Source". Retrieved 2011-11-25.