Netease Sports reported on October 17:
On October 17, the new CBA season officially started. Defending champion
In the past two seasons, the Guangdong team has been very strong, with almost no losses. On December 15, 2019, the Guangdong team lost 111-126
As the overlord of the league, the Guangdong team has not suffered such a disastrous defeat for too long. Back to February 11, 2018, the Guangdong team lost to the Liaoning team 85-112. In that game, even though Yi Jianlian also scored 27 points, his teammates were really weak. The Liaoning team Hudson, Guo Ailun and Han Dejun all scored 20+ and finally staged a massacre.
Compared with that loss, this loss is a bigger blow to Guangdong. On the one hand, this is the opening game of the new season. As the defending champion of the Guangdong team, the players just took over the championship ring from Yao Ming tonight. However, on this night, Guangdong lost 25 points wildly, which was a huge blow to the players' confidence. On the other hand, the Guangdong team's spiritual support and absolute core Yi Jianlian missed due to injury, the team immediately suffered a disastrous defeat. In the opener without the UAE, he lost 25 points, which was a heavy blow to the morale of the players. The road to the defending champion's new season has been thorny from the beginning.