Charlie Villanueva Criticizes Detroit Pistons' Lack Of Readiness

By John Raffel
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When the Detroit Pistons play a good team on the road, they almost always lose.

Case-in-point: a 114-75 loss Sunday night to the San Antonio Spurs, who were playing without Tony Parker.

It’s almost like the Pistons go into these games waving the white flag ahead of time.

“We didn’t really come to play today,”  said Charlie Villanueva. “This is the best team in the league, and especially the fact that we beat them the way we did back in Michigan. We knew they were going to come ready to play and they’re the best team for a reason. We didn’t come ready to play.”

That seems to be a trademark for the Pistons, who are 8-21 on the road. Villanueva, who has had some strong games in recent weeks, had modest success in 25 minutes of action against the Spurs Sunday night. He was 4-of-11 for 10 points and had 10 rebounds.

But the Pistons shot horribly – 28-of-66 from the floor for 32.6 percent. Not being ready to play, especially on the road, seems to be a theme in recent weeks for the Pistons. They’re hoping a return home will help. But eventually, they’ll go back on the road. Will they be ready?  Don’t count on it.

Villanueva continues to get his chance to show the Pistons that he deserves to be around for a fifth season with the team. He was signed to a huge free agent contract four years ago, and has fallen short of expectations. In the second half of the season, he has seen more action and frequently has had some good performances.

But, the jury is still out on if Villanueva should stay another year with the franchise.


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