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Yi's Double-Edged Challenge

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If fans had been asked in September whether they'd be happy if Yi Jianlian was averaging 15.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.0 bpg at mid-season, most would have nodded. Of course, he did miss all but 19 games and his defense has been, to be kind, wanting. Not to mention 3-40. For Yi, the pressure on him as a Net is only one part of the story. The other is his status as the only NBA player from the world's most populous nation.