For all you people looking forward to tonight’s do-or-die Game 5 in Beijing, and for all of you ticket-holders who have been filling up your empty water bottles the past three days, here’s some bad news (translated from the CBA’s official website):
In order to ensure league safety, Game 5 of the 2011-2012 CBA semi-finals between Beijing and Shanxi has been posponed, as has the finals. The schedule is as follows:
1. Game 5 of Beijing and Shanxi’s semi-finals series, originally scheduled for Wednesday March 14, will be postponed until Sunday March 18;
2. Game 1 of the Finals, originally scheduled for Friday March 16, will be postponed until Wednesday March 21. The series will then continue on its normal Friday, Sunday, Wednesday format.
With tensions still high and memories still fresh from Sunday’s despicable Game 4, the CBA’s intentions are pretty obvious on this one: Put some added days in between the two games and allow things to simmer down a bit. Oh, and to hire every security guard in Northeast China. You know, to uphold safety and all that. According to Sina, the league originally wanted to play the game on Friday, but Beijing Guoan’s home opener at Worker’s Stadium that night put an end to all of that. We can already hear the snickers of BCheng and the rest of guys at Wild East Football…