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Rookie to start Bucks' opener; Villanueva to come off bench

Updated: October 30, 2007, 10:37 AM ET
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MILWAUKEE -- Three weeks ago, first-round pick Yi Jianlian was not guaranteed playing time in Milwaukee's rotation.

Talk about progress. The highly touted 6-foot-11 power forward from China moved his way into the Bucks' starting five for Wednesday night's opener against Orlando.

Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak unveiled his lineup Monday. Also getting a starting nod is veteran forward Desmond Mason, who signed as a free agent in the offseason to rejoin his former ...

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