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After failing to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, the Puerto Rican national team is looking to bounce back at the 2010 FIBA World Championship with a strong performance. Thus, Puerto Rico will face Yi Jianlian and the Chinese team in Ankara on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. GMT.


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Considering that China will be playing without the injured Yao Ming from the Houston Rockets, the squad of coach Bob Donewald will most likely have an extremely tough time making it out of the group stage. After all, the multiple All-Star carried both the Houston Rockets as well as the Chinese national team in the past. Throughout his NBA career, the 7-6 center averaged no less than 19.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest. In his absence, Yi Jianlian from the Washington Wizards will have to step up and provide consistent scoring down the stretch. Likewise, former Los Angeles Lakers guard Sun Yue can be expected to take a lot of shots and hopefully live up to his role as second offensive option behind Jianlian.


Puerto Rico on the other hand is heading to the 2010 FIBA World Championship with a fairly healthy squad, led by Carlos Arroyo from the Miami Heat and JJ Barea from the Dallas Mavericks. Albeit Puerto Rico experienced a slight setback with two straight losses versus Germany before heading to Turkey, the team from the Carribean is hoping to find its rhythm as the tournament goes on. One key factor on Tuesday night could be whether Puerto Rico's front-court will be able to keep up with China at both ends of the floor. More precisely, Renaldo Balkman from the Denver Nuggets and Daniel Santiago from Efes Pilsen will have to put some pressure on Yi Jianlian and company while Arroyo and Barea should have a slight advantage over China's guards.


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Tags: Puerto Rico, Bob Donewald, Sun Yue, Renaldo Balkman, NBA live
Posted: 31st August 2010

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